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Don’t you love meeting remarkable people? You know, the kind of person that you exchange a few sentences with and immediately know you’ll be inspired by. You tell your friends about them later, not sure exactly what it was about them that impressed you so much. I make an effort to surround myself with this kind of person because I’ve gained so much from them in the past. Just by living their lives they make me work harder and push myself to achieve more, to be happier, to live a fuller, richer life.

Over the years I’ve picked up a lot of useful pieces of advice from these people, while at the same time observing and trying to figure out what makes them tick. I’ve worked to apply many of these same lessons to my own life and have seen very positive changes as a result. I wrote this book to share some of these tidbits of knowledge with everyone because I firmly believe that if the world has more inspiring, ambitious and remarkable people we’ll all be a lot better off.

In the following pages you’ll find 97 of my favorite pieces of advice that I’ve been told by or gleaned from people who I respect, along with some advice directly from some of the remarkable people in my life. At the bottom of each tip page is a piece of supplementary information, which may include quotes, URLs or factoids. At the bottom of the pages written by others, you’ll find a brief explanation of who the person is. If you’d like to find out more about that person, go to the very back of this book and read their longer biography, or click on their name to go to their website.


TABLE OF CONTENTS (1/2) 001 Be More 002 Indulge 003 Laugh at Yourself 004 Lose School 005 Upgrade Reality 006 Know Bullshit 007 Make Waves 008 Be Round 009 Scarcity Living 010 Have Fun! 011 Ask Questions 012 Be Confident 013 Be Healthy 014 The Imagists 015 Let Go 016 Relate Well 017 Give Rewards 018 Communicate 019 Be Inspired 020 Respect Opinions 021 The Big Picture 022 Go Away 023 Be GGG 024 Avoid Drama 025 80/20 Principle 026 No Addictions 027 Find Yourself Lost 028 Your Website 029 Be a Sponge 030 Obey (Mostly) 031 Make Bad Good 032 Play Games 033 Automate 034 The Zone 035 Value Beauty 036 Go Local 037 Be Inspirational 038 Be Asymmetrical 039 Public Diplomacy Magazine 040 Create Art 041 Know Your Bias 042 Be Sustainable 043 Break Habits 044 Work Your Mind 045 Know Pop 046 Do It Well 047 Kill Limitations 048 Money? Meh 049 Doubt Destiny 050 Segrave Associates 051 Pay It Forward 052 Greensmith Consulting 053 Reject Honor 054 Relax 055 Be Polite (Please) 056 Be a Hero 057 Wage Slave Rebel 058 Your Ethics 059 Be Open-Minded 060 The Right Crowd 061 Seek Knowledge 062 Don’t Destroy 063 Middle Path 064 The Life Design Project 065 Be a Thinker 066 Do You Love It? HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.COM .

If you would like to find out about the next ebook I put out.TABLE OF CONTENTS (2/2) 067 Make Habits 068 Tip Well 069 Business Cards 070 Reject Celebrity 071 Be Minimal 072 You First 073 Know Marketing 074 Be Symmetrical 075 Owl Sparks 076 Self-Reflect 077 Be Thrifty 078 Don’t Antagonize 079 Be Sporadic 080 Stand Up 081 The 9 to 5 Alternative 082 Go Résuméless 083 Be a Part 084 Make Mistakes 085 Have Goals 086 Vertu Studio 087 Personal Brand 088 Be a Geek 089 No Baggage 090 Be Optimistic 091 Know History 092 Wake Up Early 093 Jet Set Citizen 094 Be Informed 095 Be Apart 096 Alone Time 097 Location 180 098 Expand Horizons 099 Be Tech-Savvy 100 Jealousy 101 Enjoy Novelty 102 Own Labels 103 Be Naïve 104 Elbow Grease 105 Use School 106 Be Rejected 107 Social Amber 108 Use Limitations 109 Embrace Change 110 Sort of Stoic 111 The Idea is King NOTE Stay tuned after the tips to read more about the remarkable people who contributed to this book and to find out how to get in touch with them. or just want to stay in the loop. Ooo! THIRD NOTE If you find an error.COM . sign up for my nifty newsletter by clicking here. email me here. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. ANOTHER NOTE If you read to the very end you’ll be treated to an extra-special super-secret tip.

Hemmingway. The Bible.BRING IN DA’ TIPS BRING IN DA’ FUNK WHAT THIS IS Advice and tips gleaned from people much more knowledgeable.COM . HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. WHAT THIS IS NOT Shakespeare. successful or just plain interesting than me.

WHAT THIS IS NOT Written in French. Désolé. including their contact information and Twitter/Facebook accounts. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.COM .IT’S BIO TIME! BRING YOUR PARTY PANTS! WHAT THIS IS More information about the people who contributed their advice and writing to this ebook.

” (at music shop) “Feeling tipsy?” (at bar) “Keep your tips up. CLEVER TIP JAR LABELS “Tipping: it’s not just for cows. you’re stacking the deck in your favor (in this case. you avoid having your food messed with next time you eat out. I’ve discovered that tipping is quit a bit different in Buenos Aires.” (at ice cream parlor) “Scuze’ me.068 TIP WELL Being a good tipper is right up there with brushing your teeth daily and being nice to old ladies. and honestly the serving staff doesn’t make much except for tips (a few dollars an hour sans tips is standard) so help them out if you can. 1820% is usually more appropriate. not everyone does it (for various reasons). The amount you should give obviously varies from region to region. and maybe even get special treatment).COM . Wherever you happen to be. and a 10% tip is something to write home about. tipping nothing at all is quite common. but if you do. drop closer to 25%. but in most parts of the US it’s customary to tip at least 15% and if the person did a decent job. The more you give the better service you are likely to get the next time you sit down at that establishment. If you want to say ‘thank you’ with your dime. while I tip this guy.” (at ski resort) HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. make an effort to find out what the local tipping customs are.

ON DESTRUCTION “To build may have been the laborious task of years. Pieces of paper would be slowly crinkled and torn. Many people I know never got past the whole destruction thing (guys. Draw something. Make a cat’s cradle. take a deep breath and occupy your hands with something else. nothing was safe. CREATE instead of DESTROYING.COM . Destruction is easy and harmful. no doubt).” -Winston Churchill HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.062 DON’T DESTROY I remember more or less destroying anything that came within reach when I was a kid. and mellowing that destructive urge has brought me a great sense of peace (partially because my environment isn’t riddled with shreds of paper and graffitied posters. In other words. This is not good for their reputation or the environment (natural or human). a cigarette there). especially) and they continue to rip and tear and slice and shoot and all manner of other interesting and active verbs until everyone around them is annoyed or destroyed. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day. Creation is more challenging and generally makes the world a better place. If you find yourself with a destructive urge. soda bottles would have their labels meticulously peeled off. posters would be scribbled on (a moustache here. I’ve lost most of the desire to destroy as I’ve grown older.

If you are a well-known rabble rouser – someone who is constantly shouting and screaming and biting and clawing about the most recent political news or war or overseas injustice or whatever – it will be much more difficult to get people to pay attention to you when you speak.” -Henry David Thoreau. On the Duty of Civil Disobediance. Meet the challenge head on but do not invade other people’s space.030 OBEY (MOSTLY) There will be times when you feel that you can’t keep your silence anymore. calculatingly and with great dignity. for sure. Do what you need to do. Something so horrible will have happened and you will need to incite change by whatever means are necessary. 1849 HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.COM .. but choose your battles wisely or you will lose them all.the machine of government. scream at the top of your voice or break the law. ON CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE “If. then. break the law. This must be important! It’s an investment. nothing is worth rioting over.’ You will be considered untrustworthy because EVERYTHING that comes out of your mouth is supposedly the most important thing ever. however. I say. You might end up breaking the law.. In preparation for situations like this: obey the law most of the time. but do so intelligently. because if the cause is really worth it you will have let everyone know about it and they will listen because you are the person who never overreacts. On the day when something absolutely unfathomable of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another. Think ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf.. Disagree with what is going on all the time if you must. When everything is worth rioting over. go crazy and let people know what’s what. never raises your voice too loud and never invades their space..

making movies and even talking directly to you! Every conversation is a potential lesson in whatever the other person knows about. so ask guiding questions and learn HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / ocw. is allowing all this information to remain unabsorbed or itunes. of instructables. but if you never speak up. he’ll have nothing more to offer you than the homeless person asking you for money on your way out the door. FREE INFORMATION LINKS howcast. they will usually be more than willing to open up. If you show a genuine interest in what the other person does or cares about.stanford. Albert Einstein could be standing next to you at the subway monkeysee. To you.029 BE A SPONGE It’s amazing how much free information is out there. show you the ropes and make sure that the information giving presentations.COM . It’s even more amazing how few people take advantage of it. Don’t do that to Einstein. People are out there just GIVING it away! They’re writing tutorials and blogs and ebooks. The alternative.

our adversaries are insane.020 RESPECT OPINIONS Other people have the right to disagree with you about anything they like. And you know what? Neither of you is right.COM . It’s a bit humbling (but true) to remember that they may feel the same discomfort or disdain you feel. and no one in the world has had the exact same life experiences as you. It’s up to you to be mature enough to respect those differences and though a friendly conversation or debate can be stimulating. No reason to get angry. That’s not okay. On the other hand. so lay off. Keep an open mind and be willing to change. your opinions come largely from your experiences. but because of YOUR beliefs. but be willing to defend ideas you believe in strongly (hopefully the other person has an open mind. as well!). Remember. If they believe in a different god or think that a different governmental system is superior or think that one sports team is better than the other.” -Oscar Wilde HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. OSCAR KNOWS “In all matters of opinion. There is no right and wrong because they are just opinions. don’t change just because someone else insists upon it. don’t get offended or intentionally offend someone because of these differences. that’s all the result of their environment and upbringing…it’s not something they had any say in.

If you have any comments. Ebooks can be fun and informative. typos or just want to connect.COM . Or even if it is good. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. questions. so the dog was easy to see. That’s all this has THE ANSWER TO THE RIDDLE (TIP #44) It took place during the day. many) hours to put it all together doesn’t mean the information is good. shoot me an email at colin@exilelifestyle. but just because someone took the (many. So use a filter. there’s no telling whether or not the information inside is pertinent to YOU. and I hope it’s been useful to you nonetheless. Read what you can but there are no real ‘experts’ and all anyone can tell you is what has worked for them and people they know in the past.* EBOOKS? MEH Don’t trust everything you read.

” -Carl Gustav Jung HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. but in the long-term any addiction is a bad addiction and can keep you from achieving your goals and the life you wish to have. These things can bring momentary joy. no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. After a few weeks of headaches. addictions. but it was definitely holding me back and I’m a much better person for kicking the habit. shakiness and a general sense of unease. If you cannot stop yourself from doing something when you really need to. it’s time to take a good long look in the mirror and come up with a new plan. even so-called ‘positive addictions’ like working out and cleaning your room should be avoided because they are. Why be a slave to anything? It may not be immediately harmful (especially in the case of the positive addictions). I would drink so much Mountain Dew every day that when I quit cold turkey I had major withdrawal symptoms.026 NO ADDICTIONS Obviously it’s not ideal to be addicted to alcohol or drugs or sex or pain. but long-term can have serious consequences. after all. I had no idea how terrible I felt all that time until I didn’t feel terrible anymore. It wasn’t something that anyone would have ever pointed out as an addiction. Addictions are a hindrance and should be cast aside as quickly as possible. ON ADDICTION “Every form of addiction is bad. an inability to sleep. nausea. I was free of the greenish-yellow monkey on my back and felt great.COM . I was hooked on Mountain Dew (seriously) for a long time (up until Junior year of high school). In fact.

a brand is easy to understand. face and work the same benefits that companies with solid brand equity (like Coco-Cola or Apple) enjoys. If a random person comes into an interview. Consider now that someone comes into the interview and they have a clear.” -Colin Wright. have a track record and can tell you exactly what you’ll get with each and every transaction. style. It’s the difference between buying from Rolex and buying a watch from a guy on the street: it’s a lot less of a risk to go with Rolex because they are established. attitude and skill set the same way that a marketing team would run the brand of a bag of Doritos or a bottle of shampoo.COM . Personal Branding (the Least You Need to Know) HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.087 PERSONAL BRAND A personal brand is one of those things that sounds fancy and business-speaky. look. The way that you express that story and the consistency with which you do so is the real determining factor of how successful you are in building yourself into a brand. social or antisocial. bossy or a follower. Just by looking at their website or business card or resume you automatically know a lot about them. Why should you want a brand? For one. other than what you can glean from their answers to the questions. FROM PERSONAL BRANDING EBOOK “Personal branding involves managing your reputation. The idea is that you can develop a collection of symbols and associations with yourself. defined personal brand. granting your name. even the way they shake your hand. they could be reliable or unreliable. but it does take a little planning. Learn all the ins-and-outs by reading my free Personal Branding eBook. but in reality it’s just being yourself and telling your story. Building a personal brand is not too difficult. Their copy is written in a particular fashion and the design is done in a way that expresses what they are all about. you have no way of knowing who this person is and what they stand for. the expression on their face and the way they’re dressed adds up.

If your personal website is not on the first page when someone Google’s your name.’ ON PERSONAL WEBSITES “Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the Net. You can write about what you want and if you stick to topics related to your personal brand you might rank for those as well. you need to create more content pronto. a website provides an online base that someone you met at a party or at a business meeting or wherever can find you at after the fact. But you won’t know for sure unless you take that space and make it your own. It’s time you got a website. Why would you want a website? It’s the window to who you are that faces the public.028 YOUR WEBSITE Okay so-and-so@aol. Booya. it looks like very soon everyone on Earth will have 15 megabytes of fame. you’ll automatically be in charge of where the conversation about you goes. even through a free service like Blogger or Wordpress. It says to the world. what will come up? Will it be a newspaper article of you being brought in on a DUI? I hope Googling your name.COM . and there’s never been a better time to make one. it’s time you got up to date and became an active player in your own life. ‘I take what I do seriously. A big part of that content is your website. Seriously enough to get my own website and beat those uncomfortable newspaper articles down in the rankings. By creating a website/blog. At the very least. As people go window-shopping. It’s time to take Brand You to the next level and produce a resource that explains your ins-and-outs.” -MG Sriram HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

Don’t overload the thing. Get business cards. giving me a chance to reinforce my brand in their mind. don’t make it tacky (unless that’s your look. Your card doesn’t need to be as much of an investment as mine have been. I found a great letterpress studio that printed my information in a nice vegetable oil ink on super-sustainable paper that is ridiculously thick and expensivefeeling. I was just starting my studio at the time. 2) scrawl your name and number down on a napkin or receipt you happen to have in your pocket (ick). 99% of the time the recipient comments on it. Even super-simple ones. website URL and email address is all you need). My business cards express who I am beautifully. in which case you should go for it!). You’re standing there and you strike up a conversation with the other people at the table. one of them asks you what you do and is in need of your services! What I did when this happened to me was whip out my business card and hand it to the potential client. You never know when your next opportunity will arise. BUSINESS CARD EXAMPLES 50 Creative Business Cards of 50 Graphic Designers HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Lo and behold.069 BUSINESS CARDS Consider this: you’re out at a wine bar and your significant other stops on the way out to speak with someone she recognizes. or 3) tell them your name and hope they Google you. If you don’t have a business card you’ll be forced to 1) awkwardly put their number into your phone right then and there. Just have something with your name and contact information (phone number. with only the necessary information and a market-wise introduction along the top.COM . I designed them to be super-simple and minimal. but know that you can turn the ritual of exchanging business cards into a powerful personal brand reinforcing exercise just by making sure your card says something about you and what you stand for. When I hand out my business card. but I made sure before anything else that I had something to take out with me when I networked. just make sure you keep some on you at all times.

The more confidence I’ve gained. she’d tell me.” -William Shakespeare. The thing is. don’t just cop out and live with it (“I’m a jealous person and can’t help it. as they say. and there are plenty of fish in the sea. The prime thing to take away is that if you are the jealous type. It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on. you will have a lot of problems with relationships . you can. you just don’t want to put in the effort). the more I’ve realized that most things simply aren’t worth worrying about. SOME WORDS FROM WILLIAM “O! beware. of jealousy. my lord. Any time I’d see my girlfriend even talking to another guy.COM . And that’s business and your personal life. jealousy stems from low self-confidence. Jealousy does nothing but hurt you and those around you and the easiest way to be less jealous is to deal with your own self-esteem issues. Othello HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Them’s the breaks. and yadda yadda yadda. Being able to control your jealousy (it’s difficult to completely get rid of it. so just aim for control at first) is key to being able to roll with the punches and take life as it comes and that is key to being happy. I wasn’t a very confident person back then and I suffered from immense amounts of jealousy because of that deficit.100 JEALOUSY I’m just going to say this to you straight: if you cannot control your jealousy. and if anything should happen. I remember being jealous in my first relationship. Why should I care if the girl I’m dating talks to other guys? Why should things like this bother me? If there were anything to worry about. I’d deal with it then. I would get a knot in my stomach and would get really down on myself.” Sorry.

” “No man is free who is not master of himself.” “Virtue is nothing else than right reason.get rid of the ‘I am hurt. Think about it this way: if you have a really terrible day where everything goes wrong. Even better. every bad situation will turn into a learning experience rather than a day ruiner. but one aspect of this philosophy that I find to be incredibly helpful on a day-to-day basis involves tolerating hardship in order to increase the level of happiness I am able to enjoy.COM . your highs will get higher and your mediums will be pretty darn great. she cannot take away. it will be well with me.” -Epictetus “Get rid of the judgement. Nice! SHORT QUOTES FROM STOICS “Wherever I go.” -Seneca HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.110 SORT OF STOIC There is much wisdom to be derived from Stoicism... the next day could be just average but will seem great in comparison to the previous day.’ you are rid of the hurt itself.” “How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life!” -Marcus Aurelius “That which Fortune has not given. This idea transfers and scales really well and if you are able to cope with bad situations without reverting to escapism or victimhood.

for example. Being a well-rounded person is a much better goal. Your friends are already really sick of hearing about your scrapbooks. Take care of yourself. whether physically or mentally. in a lot of cases their beer bellies and love handles are like Jello inside their sleeveless shirts.COM . Eat well. If you ARE a scrapbooker. or get into decoupage. sad thing. work your legs. These are all related.” -Trent Reznor. If you look the rest of their body. After a while. Nine Inch Nails HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. and you are missing out on a much wider world.008 BE ROUND There’s something to be said for having a specialty. A good way to start expanding your reach is to get involved with things related to what you already do. a particular dish that you cook really well. Rather than just focusing on bulking up your arms. is a sad. If all you do is scrapbook. I realize my goals have gone from getting a record deal or selling another record to being a better person. A person of unfortunate proportion. more well-rounded. but each skill also stands on its own. or write a book. The same holds true with your skills and activities. core and do cardio exercises. lifting lots of weights and flexing in the mirror. though. maybe start painting. What then? It’s like those guys at the gym that work their arms really hard. you and everyone you cook for will be sick of that dish. This will result in a much healthier (and attractive!) you. having a relationship with somebody. it doesn’t really matter how well you do it. Voila! Instant versatility! TRENT REZNOR SAYS “Though I still have no semblance of a life outside of Nine Inch Nails at the moment. having friends.

I could load my arguments down with jargon so that only a select group of people understands what I’m saying (those already ‘in the know’). which can in turn lead to uncomfortable situations. This same tactic can be used in real life to great effect. breakups.COM . ON COMMUNICATION “One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. Unclear or imprecise communication with anyone can lead to misunderstandings. acquaintances and strangers. The secret to being a clear communicator is to keep things simple and to find common ground. When writing an article for my blog.” -Robert McCloskey HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Recognize that your audience is whomever you’re speaking to at that moment. colleagues. but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.018 COMMUNICATE They say that communication is the most important part of any relationship. and it’s true. I always try to think before I talk. They act impulsively without thinking. on an international scale. well-explained industry chatter to keep things flavorful. or. This applies not just to romantic couplings but also your relationships with family. and if you are saying something that they don’t understand or care about. you may as well be talking to yourself. war. but usually I keep the slang to a minimum and focus instead on presenting broader ideas with a sprinkling of well-defined.” -Margaret Chase Smith “I know that you believe you understand what you think I said. friends.

I love my work and there are days when I simply forget to eat and sleep and take care of myself physically because I’m so engrossed in whatever it is I’m doing. It’s also important that you keep up a certain level of personal hygiene. etc. since your investment in your appearance will frame any gains you see from the health side of things. but health-wise they’re killing themselves. going on dates. If you have trouble getting into a regular workout plan or changing your diet. Saying ‘I’m going to lose 20 pounds because I want to fit into my skinny jeans’ is not ideal. you’ll still have some issues getting work. be able to climb stairs without panting and not have to be as concerned about what I eat. Taking good care of yourself hygienically can actually help you get into a good exercise/diet routine. There are professional weight lifters that look all ripply and athletic. If you want to make this a permanent thing your goal will need to be ‘I want to be able to slim down. have corn-yellow teeth and never wash your hair. There are also some people who look overweight but are actually going to outlive us all because of the high quality of their diet and lifestyle. I can afford to do this from time to time because in general I eat a healthy diet and work out every day. I keep those two things separate because there is a difference. These are habits I’ve established so that I can look good and feel good (both are important to me) without worrying too much about my off days. BUDDHA’S HEALTH ADVICE “Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. It’s all about figuring out what’s important to you and establishing a balance.COM .’ That’s realistic and won’t set you up for any yo-yo diets or crash exercise routines. I’d recommend setting realistic goals. the founder of Buddhism HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.013 BE HEALTHY I’ve known some very intelligent and self-aware people who just don’t seem to be able to find the time or motivation to keep themselves in good health and good shape. feel healthy.” -Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta. You can be the most physically fit person in the world. too. keeping you more motivated. but if you smell terrible.

and though the road is difficult. word problems. which helps you to learn more effectively and swiftly in the future (because its associative abilities will improve over time). exercising your mind means giving it tasks that are challenging. Some of these things are more difficult to cope with than others (depression can be a life long struggle. Reading. How could the driver have seen the dog in time? Courtesy of Mindtrapgames. EXERCISE YOUR MIND A black dog stands in the middle of an intersection in a town painted black. Mental problems can include but are not limited to things like depression.COM . emotional baggage. But what’s that MEAN? Well. mentally jumping up and down all day so that eventually you’ll be able to leap over those hurdles with ease. a success can remove all handicaps and allow you to perform on a much higher level. but it’s still vital that you keep working your mind muscles. and emotional baggage can be just as tough to get over). Crossword puzzles are great for this. find something that is mentally taxing but still enjoyable). bad habits. A car with two broken headlights drives towards the dog but turns in time to avoid hitting him. as they help your mind create relationships between disparate chunks of knowledge. having interesting conversations: these are all things that are good for your mind and are hopefully enjoyable as well (though if they aren’t. and you’ll need to exercise your mind regularly if you want to get the results you desire out of your mental processes.044 WORK YOUR MIND Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. etc. answer on the last page HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Getting over something that is mentally debilitating is a great victory. None of the street lights are working due to a power failure caused by a local an adherence to preconceived notions. doing math.

Having a goal is not good enough by itself. even Existentialists have goals. Fortunately. though. It could be as simple as ‘take out trash’ or as involved as ‘organize closet. it probably means you aren’t financially secure enough to be able to take a vacation to wherever you want whenever you want…that requires planning. You might see some interesting stuff but you won’t have any landmarks to help you find your way out should you change your mind. small. MAKE A BUCKET LIST 43 Things (online list) Doomi (Adobe Air list) Things (Get Things Done-style list for Mac/iPhone) HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. existing but without a goal in sight. it doesn’t matter. even if they all revolve around having a good time right now. next to each goal. If you don’t have goals you’ll be like someone wandering aimlessly through the woods. Your lack of goals in the past will have crippled your personal infrastructure so that cobbling together a plan on short notice will be nearly impossible. write down what the next step for that goal is.’ but identifying the next step for each goal allows you to break these larger projects into more digestible chunks. Big. Now you can systematically go down the list and perform each first step as you’re able. until you identify these goals and make them real. What if you decide you REALLY want to go to Europe next summer? If you don’t have any goals. write the very next step you’ll need to take to reach that goal. Hell. Want to be promoted to manager or get a new car or win an online poker tournament? You have a goal. you’ll have a very difficult time visualizing how to achieve them. most of us have goals. Make sure you have a few of them.COM . even if we don’t realize it. and repeat the process until you’ve achieved that goal. Now. Try this: take out a sheet of paper (or if you want to be eco-friendly. As soon as you perform one step.085 HAVE GOALS There are few things more depressing than meeting someone who coasts through life. just open up a text editor on your computer and use that instead) and write down a few goals.

rather than the other way around. and you won’t find many people who are willing to just carry you without getting anything back. people who have similar goals and a similar drive to achieve them. I talk a lot about surrounding yourself with the right kind of crowd. Remember.” -George Washington. party with.060 THE RIGHT CROWD In my ebook on Personal Branding. You’ll need to be an inspiration to the other members of your group. 1st US President HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. including social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter. for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company. relationships of any kind are a give and take. You need people who will be aware of your goals and your progress. unmotivated. and even dating sites like Plenty of Fish and OKCupid (you’d be amazed how easy it is to get motivated when you find someone to date who is worth impressing).COM . etc. What’s not ideal is ONLY having that crowd and not having a group of people you can grab a cup of coffee with while you talk about your hopes and dreams. don’t worry because it’s really easy to find one. Be ready and willing to make waves and fight the good fight and you’ll find that other people will start coming to you. This is a very important concept because so many people are being held back from their true potential because the company they keep is lazy. too. There’s nothing wrong with having a group of people that you hang out with. WASHINGTON’S WISDOM “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. forums like 20 Something Bloggers. or aimless. go clubbing with. If you don’t have a group like this. The Internet has an incredible number of resources.

Apple CEO HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. you basically just need to find out as much as possible about what you want to do and then focus on making it so. Whatever quality means to you and your field. it is always the result of high intention. which is a niche that needs to be filled… But I digress. do it as well as you know how.COM . There aren’t any simple paths to this. you should aim for that and not accept excuses from yourself.” -William A. anyway). The point here is that if you’re going to do something. intelligent direction and skillful execution. QUOTES ON QUALITY “Quality is never an accident. I suppose it could be argued that even the low quality fare is valuable in that it’s cheap and easy.” -Henry Ford “Be a yardstick of quality.046 DO IT WELL Looking at the low quality of products and services on the market these days I can’t help but wonder how we got to where we are now. it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. It’s unlikely that anyone will ever be the ‘best’ at anything (it’s such a relative term as to be useless. sincere effort.” -Steve Jobs. Work at it until you really know what you’re doing and then work some more. Foster “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. but being excellent is something worth striving for. Then again.

via StateMaster. the standardized price returns on individual stocks. This means that a very significant portion of what you are doing is bringing in very little money (or fame. cutting some of the time. or whatever you’re working for) while a small bit of what you’re doing is bringing in a lot. size of sand particles. the value of oil reserves in oil fields. I was able to cut my working week from 60-80 hours all the way down to 10-15 hours using this principle.025 80/20 PRINCIPLE If you don’t know what it is. the length distribution in jobs assigned to supercomputers. or HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. which allowed me to make a lot more money with less time and effort.COM . I then sought out more of the kinds of projects that were left over. I was able to reclaim even more time to use in whatever way I see fit. If the world starts to crumble you can always bring them back. but I think it’s more likely that you won’t miss them and will enjoy the extra free time a whole lot more. THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE ALSO APPLIES TO: Frequencies of words in longer texts. file size distribution of Internet traffic which uses the TCP protocol. the size of human settlements. I applied this principle by taking a look at my studio and cutting out the super timeconsuming and low-paying work. and I continue to make the same amount of money (or more) each month. size of meteorites. clusters of BoseEinstein condensate near absolute zero. I then applied this same principle to my lifestyle. the premise of the 80/20 Principle is that about 80 percent of your results come from about 20 percent of your effort.and emotionally-draining relationships from my life and leaving the ones that really brought me value (whatever that happened to mean in each case). In doing this. I recommend that you take stock of what time-wasting activities are mucking up your lifestyle and try getting rid of a few.

‘If I go to so-and-so country. make conscious decisions and think things through.not chance .COM . it will take me far away from what I’m supposed to do…better stay put.’ Fortunately that’s not the case and whatever I end up doing is the right thing at that moment in time.that determines your destiny. If events were already predestined then I wouldn’t have to worry about doing the right thing because that right thing would already be locked in. If I believed it was my destiny to do X. it is a thing to be achieved. Living my destiny-less life encourages me to blaze my own trail. then I would feel pretty limited in what I could do.” -William Jennings Bryan HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.049 DOUBT DESTINY I’m not a big believer in anything that can’t be supported by scientific evidence and destiny falls squarely into that category. It would happen regardless of whether I put thought and time and effort in. My feeling is that by NOT having a destiny I’m even more inclined to strive and fight my way forward because I feel like what I do matters more. It’s an invigorating thought and one that I cherish greatly. make waves. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for. It also allows me to accept no limitations. Some people who find this out about me think it’s terribly tragic and ask how I can live without feeling that there’s something guiding me…something to live up to. try new things.” -Jean Nidetch “Destiny is no matter of chance. ON DESTINY “It’s choice .

Even if you should find yourself stuck in an uncomfortable position or tedious responsibility. you can still get your kicks by acknowledging and celebrating the novelty that is inherent in every moment of every day. When I was a kid. The lunch you have will be different.101 ENJOY NOVELTY No situation should ever be boring. I found myself in small towns with nothing to do a lot more frequently than I would have liked. It’s an opportunity to change.” -Ecclesiastes 1:9 HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. and what you think you know.COM . I wasn’t sure). and you should pounce on every such chance you come across. it sounds a little hokey when explained like that. reevaluate your situation and implement new habits if necessary or desired. I took these experiences to be punishments (for what. Removing yourself from the familiar allows you to break the chains of habit and try something new. how everything fits together. the people you meet will be different and the things you do will be different all because you won’t be able to fall into comfortable routines. but consider this: having lived in the Midwest. I know. Routines can be good .they help you establish positive habits like working out regularly and eating well .” -William Makepeace Thackeray “There is nothing new under the sun. IDEAS ABOUT NOVELTY “Novelty has charms that our minds can hardly withstand. Every novel experience opens you up and makes you reconsider your place in the world. Having an excuse to break habits is a great way to shake things up.but they can also be terrible hindrances if you become dependent on them. I go out of my way to check out small towns and for the very same reasons that I used to hate them. There were no video games! No friends! No familiar restaurants or stores! Why would anyone do this to their children?! These days.

so you might as well enjoy the process. and if I don’t. be crazy. and though there are some good arguments in favor of Stoically dealing with bad situations and really experiencing bad things when they happen. that’s not even a question. Take care of yourself and your friends. THIS IS IMPORTANT “Live life fully while you’re here. then I work to change my circumstances until I do.COM . Don’t try to be perfect.” -Anthony Robbins HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Experience everything. Have fun. just be an excellent example of being human. I personally believe that I have a finite amount of time to live and because of this I should make the most of the time I have. There’s no reason to suffer. Nay! I enjoy every single hour of every single day. be weird.010 HAVE FUN! A lot of people seem to think lifestyle design and conscious living are terribly boring pursuits. even these coping mechanisms are designed to help you enjoy life more and with greater intensity. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway. Why would you want to analyze the fun out of your life? To me. because I work hard to design my life so that I can have MORE fun. It would be a shame to have spent my 100 or so years on Earth quietly trying to improve myself while hating the process and waiting to be finished.

it atrophies. If you don’t. might have.COM .” -Louis E. TRY NEW THINGS “Everyone has a ‘risk muscle. and should have. I’ll just walk around being real happy until some jerk says something stupid to me.098 EXPAND HORIZONS If you spend your life inside a bubble of familiarity. Boone “I think my new thing will be to try to be a real happy guy.” -Jack Handy HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. You know that guy who only eats hamburgers and chicken tenders? Won’t eat anything else? Scoffs at the concept of sushi (which he’s never tried)? That guy is living in a very small world and doesn’t even know what he’s missing out on. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have. But at least you will have made the effort and had the experience so that you can know your tastes in the future.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. Take risks and seek out new opportunities. you will also be a pretty boring person.” -Roger Van Oech “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. you will not only miss out on a lot that the world has to offer. Make a point of using it at least once a day. If you don’t like something then you’ll know better the next time. Don’t be that guy.

Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. It’s also very good for your reputation. sure. while in the United States a firm handshake is the norm) and be considerate of others (this means holding the door for men and women. In most cases pulling out chairs for women and the like can be a bit over the top for contemporary times.” -Robert A. and can help you more easily adapt to local customs. you will be more pleasant to be around. My parents taught me. it’s customary to give one quick peck on the cheek of whomever you’re greeting. but in general be willing to adapt to local customs (I’m currently in Buenos Aires. but my grandmother really drilled the lessons into me one summer.COM . not eating until the other person’s food has arrived. Yay! GUNS AND HANDSHAKES “An armed society is a polite society. There IS a point where you can become too proper. etc). Looking for and reading these signs from the people you are with is probably the most important rule of politeness because in the end the real point is to show respect for other people. Forcing your own ideas and traditions upon others certainly misses this point. and you should always be willing to bend your manners when it’s clear the that other person would prefer it (some people will insist you start eating so your food doesn’t get cold. or would prefer to hold the door for you. instead). relationships. What’s considered polite will be different every place you go. If you are polite.055 BE POLITE (PLEASE) One of the most important lessons I learned when I was very young was to be polite. What I learned about holding doors and shaking hands that years has been incredibly valuable to me since. and though some people here shake hands. Heinlein HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

By making yourself a hub of information you can start to chip away at these problems. A big part of the world’s problems exist because of widespread misinformation and ignorance. This helps you to retain the new information much faster and more efficiently. Building these associations doesn’t requiring any studying. and ends with reason. the better off you and everyone else will be. sustainability. I can tell you from personal experience that knowing as much as possible about a lot of different fields of study can be personally gratifying and financially beneficial. proceeds then to the understanding. but if you do you’ll have a leg up over those who don’t. There is nothing higher than reason. it just requires that you take learning seriously and read/watch/investigate a lot so that you have a massive backlog of facts and concepts to draw from when you’re taking in new information. As you read a book. Knowing about a lot of different fields is fulfilling on a personal level because I am able to make connections between disparate concepts faster than most. The more you know. which gave me enough money to take some classes and spend more time refining those skills and learning others (social media. I was able to leverage these interests into paying work.” -Immanuel Kant HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. consulting. which I’ve also been able to turn into services that I provide to my clients.061 SEEK KNOWLEDGE What do you know about oranges? How about Europa (the moon)? World War II history? Know anything about quantum mechanics or Latin or SEO? You don’t NEED to know about these things. I went to school for design and illustration but also learned some programming and marketing skills in my free time. etc). WHERE KNOWLEDGE LEADS “All our knowledge begins with the senses. you take in information and your mind builds relationships between what you already know and what you’re reading.COM .

you’ll be able to find out who’s dating who before you make an ass of yourself or offend someone. but rather tidbits of information you can use to plan your actions and lifestyle. For example.COM . they can be trusted with their own government. family. This information is knowledge that you will hopefully pick up sooner rather than later. knowing the capital of Uruguay (Montevideo!) is knowledge. they may be relied on to set them to rights. that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice. it also requires you to filter out the chafe without discarding the really important stuff. Take a little bit of time each day to quickly glance through your friends’ and family’s status updates on Facebook (or wherever your friends tend to frequent) and make note of anything out of the ordinary. but because of the direct impact it has on your actions there is a distinction. This is getting easier and easier to do because of the popularity of online social networks.” -Thomas Jefferson. IT’S GOOD TO KNOW “Whenever the people are well informed. You don’t need to know all about the party your friend from high school was at last night. but because there’s so MUCH information. Staying informed can also involve keeping up with what your many friends. but you may want to remember that your buddy from college (who you’ll be seeing soon) has just proposed to his girlfriend. while knowing whether or not the girl you’re flirting with at the bar is already seeing someone relates more to being informed. A big part of staying informed is simply being a good communicator: if you ask the right questions. colleagues and other connections are up to.094 BE INFORMED Being informed is different than being knowledgeable in that what you are trying to learn is not necessarily an historical or scientific fact. 3rd US President HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

I personally believe that this works so well and consistently because people who are actively trying to be good visually display a certain something that others can pick up on.” -Sakyong Mipham HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.COM . their head held high. they’ll likely do so. my friend gets the work and the client gets their project done by someone who has been vouched for. Their posture is different. In other words: they’re the kind of person you want to be friendly to. karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it. If someone comes to me with a project I don’t have time for and I recommend a friend of mine who can handle it instead. INVISIBLE KARMA “Like gravity. Another reason that this tends to work is because a favor given usually leads to a favor returned.but the chances of my being reward in some way are definitely improved because of the initial kindness. and a ready grin is present. their eyes are friendly. it does tend to work: if you put effort into being a good person and treating others as you would like to be treated. whatever your motivation. of course . Help others out when you can. It’s a simple concept and one that many people consider to be spiritual. Now if my friend has the opportunity to give me a recommendation. you’re stacking the deck in your favor. I can’t be sure it will happen.there are no social or physical contracts that require this kind of tit-for-tat . Jerks can make it in the world but they’ll have everyone else fighting against them the whole way. Whether you believe in karma or not.051 PAY IT FORWARD Do nice things for others and you will have nice things done for you.

it’s beneficial for them and it’s beneficial for you. it means that the good of some men takes precedence over the good of others. you won’t be able to help anyone. says that one should not live their lives for someone else. Rand once said: “When ‘the common good’ of a society is regarded as something apart from and superior to the individual good of its members. MORE FROM AYN “To know one’s own desires. If you wear yourself out trying to help everyone else before yourself. with those others consigned to the status of sacrificial animals. largely because people don’t tend to like the idea of ‘looking out for Number One’ (yourself) before anyone else. It IS good to help others out when you can.COM . This is a simple but often forgotten (or misunderstood) concept. That’s called slavery. invariably there will be those that are getting a bad deal. when everyone gives of themselves into a ‘pool’ to be divided up between everyone equally. giving a whole lot more than they are getting back.” In other words. among other things. It doesn’t make sense for those people to be coerced into a position where they cannot even support themselves because everyone else has decided that these people of ability should give to others before themselves.072 YOU FIRST There’s a school of philosophical thought called Objectivism (created by author and philosopher Ayn Rand) that.” -Ayn Rand HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. though. their meaning and their costs requires the highest human virtue: Rationality. But think about it rationally: if everyone took care of themselves first and then used whatever they had left to help out others who aren’t able to muster the same energy and strength we’d all be a whole lot better off.

031 MAKE BAD GOOD Any time I find myself in a really bad situation – whether it’s dangerous or sad or just not great – I tell myself ‘man.” -Winston Churchill “I’m not afraid of storms. pay attention and make sure you take it all in. you’re able to appreciate the good moments even more (and the average moments suddenly become much more noteworthy). THE GLASS IS HALF FULL “If you will call your troubles experiences. however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.” -John Heywood “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you.’ In other words. Keep this in mind because there will always be bad times. Self. it’s how you respond to them that determines whether they end up being pointless or beneficial. an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. this is going to make a good story someday. today’s tragedies are tomorrow’s comedies. for I’m learning how to sail my ship. I’m going to learn something from this. you will grow vigorous and happy. By facing the worst moments in life without flinching.COM .” -Louisa May Alcott HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

since we have a natural tendency to find stability where possible and to lock it down. You could change up something as simple as your hair color or the route you take to work or the TV shows you watch from time to time.COM . is change. Change doesn’t have to be that dramatic. new adventure or chance to reinvent myself. despite my near-addiction to it. I find it helpful to have some aspects of my life that are constantly in a flux while others are kept more consistent. Just so long as you are giving your mind a chance to get out of habit-mode and flex a bit you’re doing yourself a service. though.” -Henry David Thoreau HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. You can see this in many peoples’ relationships. Throughout my life change has always brought a next step.109 EMBRACE CHANGE I’m an anti-addiction kind of person and if I find myself getting hooked on something I try to remove whatever it is I’m addicted to from my life. and there’s nothing at all wrong with this way of living (it’s just not very conducive to constant evolution and in fact limits it quite a bit). we change. careers and actions. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY “Things do not change. That is change I can depend on (the best of both worlds!). For example. One thing I’m planning on keeping around. Embracing change can be tough. with the Exile Lifestyle project I’m moving to a new country every 4 months.

Being able to find beauty wherever you look will increase the quality of your life by 472% (approximately). Or the color and texture of the rusty pipes in the alleyway. Notice it. but it’s the people with the rolls of fat or scarred face or hair in awkward places or completely asymmetrical features that are the most interesting to draw. Notice the bumble bee. and the smiling faces. respectively). This carries over easily to non-human objects as you begin to study color and composition (which you can learn a lot about in Color Theory or Photography classes. LOOK AROUND “Life is full of beauty. that you find a local community college or life drawing group and start going a few times a month. Live your life to the fullest potential. and fight for your dreams. As you draw someone that would conventionally be considered unattractive (or ‘ugly.’ though that’s such a rough term as to be nearly worthless in describing something aesthetically) you start to see the beauty in the lines and the wonderful perfection in the imperfections. the small child.COM . I highly recommend that if you have trouble finding the beauty in anything. and feel the wind. Something that really helped me achieve this goal was taking a life drawing class. Smell the rain. In time you’ll begin to see what those artists and poets see and it really does make the walk through life a much more enjoyable one. Some people just aren’t attractive in the traditional sense.035 VALUE BEAUTY Looking to get more out of life? Stop and take a look at the pattern of tiles on the ceiling. Or the drop of dew falling from the ivy that’s crawling up and slowly tearing down a wall.” -Ashley Smith HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

As I work harder and achieve more. I play games to learn. say. Anything that gets in my way is just a temporary setback until I can figure out how to get past it (or in some cases. I can move on to the next level. bypassing the game’s intended course completely). How I live my life (play the game) determines the types of people I meet.032 PLAY GAMES I’m a big fan of games. I play games for kicks. Of my life. I find that looking at life as a game makes it a whole lot less intimidating and confounding.” -Shigeru Miyamoto HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. A lively game of Twister can be the highlight of an otherwise ho-hum party and turning meeting new people into a game can really increase the size and quality of your network. playing a game of Halo (which I’m terrible at. I play games to socialize. obstacles I encounter and rewards I receive. by the way) can make an awkward meeting with a younger sibling more than tolerable. The storyline of real life is more epic than any game I’ve ever played (which makes it a lot easier to focus on improving myself and playing MY game than. I gain more experience (points?) and become stronger. Hell. MARIO’S INFLUENCE “Video games are bad for you? That’s what they said about rock and roll. I make use of games whenever possible. make use of a cheat code. Games are fun and games tap into our feral desire to achieve a goal that we wouldn’t necessarily care about otherwise (‘Ha! I sunk your battleship!’). From time to time I come across really difficult scenarios (bosses?) and once I overcome them.COM . beating Final Fantasy or Warcraft).

but once someone has it in their head that you’re the bad guy. This attitude continued throughout college. I knew a guy in college who clearly hated me even before he met me because I had just started dating his ex-girlfriend (who. but I’m truly amazed by the number of people I know who simply couldn’t care less about who they offend and antagonize.078 DON’T ANTAGONIZE This seems pretty obvious. making our common friends very uncomfortable. You will make enemies as you go through life (if you’re doing anything worth doing. but the fewer you have the less you’ll have to look over your shoulder. I said something that he took the wrong way and he attacked me. What I recommend is this: avoid situations that will inevitably lead to making enemies (I should have done this when I realized he was trying to pick a fight when I first met him) and respect everyone the best you can. waiting for someone to throw a wrench in your plans. while talking to him at a party (trying very hard not to offend him. REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS “Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be a bunch of bastards. since it was clear he was trying to pick a fight). Long story short. I couldn’t stand that things were that way. or will interpret something you do as being so heinous that you won’t be able to set them straight – but every enemy you make is one more person who wants you to fail and may even actively try to prevent you from succeeding. he was trying to get back together with). at least). it’s very difficult to change their mind. I found out later.certain people will just want to hate you.COM . sometimes casually and ignorantly and sometimes with active intent. There’s no avoiding it sometimes .” -Joseph Conrad HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. My philosophy on this is that one should make as few enemies as possible.

before anyone else can. what you hate and what you do. You are not perfect. It’s been shown (by science!) that the act of smiling and laughing can actually improve your mood. Learn to laugh at your failures. your successes. what you love. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.003 LAUGH AT YOURSELF You will make mistakes. Make use of this when you are feeling really down by laughing.” -Elsa Maxwell HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. GOOD ADVICE “Laugh at yourself first. and you’ll be able to recover from a boneheaded move and work hard whether you fail or succeed much more easily.COM .

we’re cutting down all the trees. but our quality of life can only improve when we pay more attention to sustainability. or 3) simply out of touch with reality. polluting the air and filling up every square inch of empty space with waste. And if we keep messing with the planet and building up more and more trash and such. I don’t know that we’re going to have a major ecological disaster any time soon. whether it’s for your business or your personal finances. even if you can only move in baby steps. I’m not going to preach about recycling and reusing and buying secondhand and such. Also: our coffers will be much larger as we move closer to a ‘use every part of the buffalo’ attitude. You SHOULD consider that having a loop you can close usually leads to savings. it WILL come back to bite us in the ass.COM . Anyone who claims it won’t is either 1) lying because they work for an industry that requires a lot of wasteful practices to operate. because seriously folks. because honestly sometimes it’s just not possible. What do you THINK is going to happen? So do what you can.” -Aldous Huxley HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.042 BE SUSTAINABLE It’s easy to be wasteful: easy and irresponsible. and there are plenty of other people preaching it better than I could. A BRAVE NEW WORLD “Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant. 2) lying because they’re a politician or person of faith whose political party or religion require them to ignore the painfully obvious consequences of their actions.

without trying to force it into a particular shape or activity. It doesn’t really matter. my hopes and dreams. reformat your mental hard drive and relax. interesting memories from the past. My thoughts usually center on what I’ve done during the day. By the time you’re done you’ll likely have a handful of things to write down (good ideas are common. I recommend 20 minutes per day. turn off all the music and close the door so that things are as quiet as possible. motivated and ready to hit the ground running. things I need or want to do. or philosophical quandaries I’m working on wrapping my mind around. things I’ve forgotten to do or write down previously are even more common!) and you’ll feel refreshed. adjust it (everyone is different).COM . If you find that the time is too short or long. Cramming our calendars full of meetings and projects certainly helps get things done. I use this ‘20 Minutes of Awesome’ a day to let my mind wander a bit. “ -Jean Paul HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. WORK HARD. I then pick a spot on the opposite wall to stare at. what I’m going to do the rest of the day. I sit or lie down in a comfortable position. REST HARD “No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned. You might think of different things. but if you want to get things done WELL you’ll need some time every now and then to space out. I started out doing 30 minutes a day but found that the last 10 minutes tended to be wasted: I would just sit their wanting to go work and waiting for the timer to run down. unfocus my eyes and let my thoughts go where they will.065 BE A THINKER It’s easy (especially as a motivated person) to actively utilize every moment of every day for something productive. What matters is that you give your mind the freedom to just be.

as well. I personally believe that burning coal for energy is foolish when we have so many other alternative options. and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past while we silence the rebels of the present.COM . If there ever comes a time where something you truly believe in is being threatened or someone is doing something that just appalls you.080 STAND UP You spend your whole life learning about yourself and the world. I couldn’t believe they were seriously considering this option. When I was in college. ON PROTEST “Our tradition is one of protest and revolt. you’re bound to form opinions about many things. most of which are more future-proof than something as destructive and inefficient as a coal power plant. It’s given me the will to stand up next time I see an unforgiveable wrong occurring. the city I was living in was voting on whether or not a new coal-fired power plant should be built. I distributed them all over town.” -Henry Steele Commager HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. so I put together a zine (DIY-style magazine) that protested the construction in various creative ways. The power plant went in anyway (the coal industry funded a huge campaign that convinced most of the voting population it was for their own good) but I felt good for having at least spoken my piece and convincing at least a handful of people that the power plant was the wrong direction to go. you’d better act on what you believe. The meek and silent seldom start revolutions. then by all means take a stand and say your piece. and if you really want to live your philosophy.

You don’t need to change sides. just take a second and make sure you’re on the RIGHT side.016 RELATE WELL You should always do your best to see things from other angles. which will allow you to empathize even if you disagree.” -Chongyam Trungpa HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. ON EMPATHY “Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.COM . The alternative is essentially being a bigot. unwilling to consider anyone else’s opinions and needs and living in ignorance.

I just read this ebook that said we should talk about our exes/our likes and dislikes in bed/our relationship status…what are we anyway?/ insert thing you’re confused about here. I’ve dated people who have been made very uncomfortable any time exes came up. so they never wanted to talk about it. the kind of relationship they’re in is up for debate (this has become more obvious since the inclusion of ‘It’s Complicated’ as an option in the Relationship Status field on Facebook). say ‘Hey.COM . you’re missing out on half of what makes someone else whom they are. do you really want to be in a relationship wherein wanting to know more about the other person would lead to conflict? You don’t need that kind of drama…life’s too short. but really. Here’s my side. Need a good way to breach the subject? Next time you’re hanging out with them (try to do this in person).” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. How can you really know someone if you don’t know about where they’ve been? A person is made up of the combination of their genetics and their experiences. A simple way around this is to communicate clearly with everyone. what’s yours?’ I’ll gladly take the blame if anything awkward happens. ON RELATIONSHIPS “Man is a knot into which relationships are tied.024 AVOID DRAMA I find that most relationships between people are a whole lot more complicated than they need to be. Flight to Arras HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. To some. Talk with them and don’t let any subject be taboo. but especially people whom you have a romantic (or otherwise intimate) relationship with. if you can’t discuss the past.

don’t sit around on the couch all day watching daytime television. So have some ice cream. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue. the Middle Path works wonders and can keep you from numbing yourself to good things with extremes. THERE’S HOPE FOR EVERYONE “However great an evil immorality may be. of course: if you really think you’ll see positive results from overindulging in something or completely eliminating something from your life. The idea is that too much of anything is bad for you. etc. Don’t get trashed. so take the Middle Path…have just enough and you’ll be peaceful. though. This is just a guideline. You don’t want to give it up completely. but for Christ’s sake.” -Wilhelm von Humboldt HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. But as a general-purpose. and too little of anything is bad for you. The same is true with sex. just tipsy. but not too much.063 MIDDLE PATH This is an idea I ganked from Buddhism. and anything else that people generally advise you avoid.COM . but it’s a guideline that I very much try to apply to my life whenever possible. default measuring device. because it makes you happy (too much of it and it will make you unhealthy and it will cease to be as pleasant). rock n’ roll. do so. better looking. we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. drugs. fulfilled. Watch a little bit of Springer if you like.

man or woman.” -Crispin Porter + Bogusky Employee Handbook. and make use of it if warranted.COM . take it seriously. white or black…none of that matters. Elitism has no place in a student’s mind.’ the meeting ends immediately and everyone has to leave). If the janitor brings the bouillon instead. educated or uneducated. And just because a person’s title is associate creative director or management supervisor doesn’t necessarily mean their ideas are automatically weighed more toward the good end of the scale. from any person in any department at any level. If the Creative Director comes up with gold. if you’re overdue or if you’ve worked on that account longer than anyone. young or old. If you’ve been here a long time. has a really fantastic set of rules laid out in their employee handbook. ON IDEAS “A good idea can come from anywhere. When you hear good advice or if someone shares knowledge with you. that doesn’t matter. it’s her baby. The book itself is nothing fancy. but the rules that are included are groundbreaking and in some cases hilarious (if at any point any person involved in a meeting yells out ‘PINEAPPLE. which in practice means that the best ideas stand on their own merit regardless of who comes up with it. if one wants to keep growing as a person (and ideally we’ll all be students of something forever). The point here is that wisdom can come from any source. page 13 HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Among these rules is that the best idea is boss.111 THE IDEA IS KING One of my favorite ad agencies. it’s in your best interest to listen. then he’s made a part of the process that brings it to fruition. experienced or naïve.

can be easily utilized by an industrial designer. for example.’ Creating artwork of any kind is like being able to give birth every day.040 CREATE ART There are few things more fulfilling than stepping back from a canvas/computer screen/piece of parchment/clay wheel and thinking ‘I made this. It’s yours and you created it with your own hands. Artistic endeavors are good for your creativity (keep it exercised!) and can be very relaxing. “ -Charles Horton Cooley HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Even if you don’t think you’re any good. GOOD NEWS! “An artist cannot fail. and most if not all artistic skill sets are transferable in some way to other fields (the visual composition skills you learn while taking photos. but you may just find you have a knack for it.COM . it is a success to be one. create something that makes you happy. event coordinator or architect). you bring into the world something that would never have existed if you hadn’t been there to do it. Not only that. Whatever statement it makes or impact it has on others is a direct result of your actions.

for one reason or another. sadness or nostalgia. Sentimentality is defined as excessive tenderness. Those memories should be in your head instead of imbued in something tangible. evolve. Those memories are YOURS and you shouldn’t limit them (or change them) by remembering them only through the lens of a trinket. This can stand in the way of having a happy life. ON SENTIMENTALITY “Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality. Also: coping this way leads to happy. Start small if you have to. and is usually associated with a person who gets easily weepy over memories or losing a treasured memento. and be happy. Physical things can be stolen. I personally think that remembering the good rather than the unfortunate end of your cat’s life would be a much better testament to your love for it than mourning. while memories can be treasured no matter where you are. what you’re doing or what happens in between. hanging on to ‘stuff’ that has no practical value but means something only because of a memory associated with it leads to closets and drawers full of junk that. Further. lost or destroyed.COM . you may want to try to deal with the memory in a different way. can never be discarded despite the lack of intrinsic value. If you can be brought to tears at the thought of your cat that died 5 years ago. negative thoughts. but stick with me here. Attaching memories to objects is always a bad idea. This leads to accumulation and clutter and when you are surrounded by artifacts of the past it can be very difficult to move forward.” -Carl Gustav Jung HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. positive feelings rather than sad.089 NO BAGGAGE This tends to be a touchy subject. but allow yourself to let go of the physical manifestations of the good times (or bad).

in fascination. it’s important to respect local laws. If you are able to stay a while. learn as much of the language and jargon as possible. attend local classes and interact with and befriend locals. go to tourist attractions and eat out for every meal you’re getting the tourist experience and really only seeing a whitewashed version of wherever you happen to be. trust me. ON TRAVEL “People travel to faraway places to watch. disrespects unfamiliar practices and is rude or inconsiderate to locals. If you stay in a hotel. go to the grocery store.” -Dagobert D. but it seems silly to travel so far only to have the exact same experience you could have had back home.COM . just with accents and slightly different pastries. cook your food. etc is all about. state. you’ll end up walking away with a much more authentic experience. This is just my preference. How would you feel if someone came to your home and did the same? I find that attempting to live as much like a local as possible helps me to get a good idea of what a city. rent an apartment. Don’t be the asshat who goes on and on about how things are so much better back home. the kind of people they ignore at home. Runes HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. customs and people. country.036 GO LOCAL When traveling.

if you love life. to take it a step further. you’ll be much more likely to end up at the top of the world and a whole lot less likely to be stuck in a situation you find unfulfilling.COM . be willing to let go of anything if necessary to be happy. be willing to let it go. Or. NO MORE CLINGING “Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday.015 LET GO If you love something. If you are confident in yourself and willing to take risks. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” -Leo Buscaglia HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Far too few people are willing to make the difficult decision to let go of something good in order to pursue something even better.

how everything familiar seems new again as you see things through their eyes? All of a sudden that boring old park is amazing. Forget that you know the right way to walk down the trail and make your own trail. the roller rink is a blast and the well-tread hiking trail is fantastic fun. This kind of outside the box thinking will bring value back to things that you have undervalued for a long time. leaving you open to new experiences in familiar territory and increasing your ability to see any situation or from a different perspective. Go to the roller rink at a different time of day or try participating in a group event (roller derby.COM .” -Friedrich von Schiller HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. THE UPSIDE “Every true genius is bound to be naïve. for example) and play laser tag at the park instead of just sitting on the swing. You know that feeling you get when you’re showing a friend around your home town.103 BE NAÏVE Try to approach the world like a child would. Train yourself to see the world through fresh eyes by letting go of the burden of knowledge from time to time.

” -Ralph Waldo Emerson HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. or your family to back off a little? Start rewarding others when they act the way you want and slowly but surely you’ll see more of those results. your significant other to pay more attention to the details of your relationship. Be a bit more affectionate to your significant other when they take the time to be more aware of those little things that are so important. but can be very effective ON REWARDS “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. of course. It’s simply Pavlovian psychology. Make an effort to keep in better touch with your family when they give you your space.COM .017 GIVE REWARDS Want others to treat you a certain way? Want good service at the local coffee shop. Tip that barista well and you’ll have a much better chance of getting high-end service. The reward will be different based on the situation.

personal injury.” -Oscar Wilde HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. The poor should be practical and prosaic. Your future self will thank you for preparing contingency plans. job loss. This doesn’t mean that you have to constantly scrimp and save and not live it up.009 SCARCITY LIVING To have a scarcity mentality (as I’m defining it) means that even during periods of great wealth and success you remember what it means to be poor and failing. ON INCOME “Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. and you have planned for such an event. many people have been in the same situation and then suffered a great loss (death of a family member. financially and emotionally. natural disaster. but it does mean that you should keep your future in mind. etc). It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. including how you will deal with devastating situations. including the knowledge that anything can happen and while you might be doing well now. Romance is the privilege of the rich.COM . not the profession of the unemployed.

” -Martina Navratilova HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. I don’t like labels. but this is an imperfect world. The best plan B is to be aware of what labels apply to you and just own the hell out of them. thinking and judging). so we roll with the punches! ON LABELS “I came to live in a country I love. logic seeker. This isn’t the most flattering thing in the world. controller of environment. as it tends to apply to not-so-pleasant people like Richard Nixon and Newt Gingrich who are a little emotionless. not very sporadic and sometimes difficult to get along with. there will always be labels and titles to deal with. Want to know another secret? I’m even ambidextrous. every time I take a Myers-Briggs personality test I end up labeled a strong ENTJ (extraverted. why not? Of course the ideal is to be recognized for our accomplishments and not our labels. though. Since we live in the real world. but if you’re able to bring more attention and support to your cause by leveraging that fact (‘Youngest Ever Female CEO!’).COM . Labels can also help you establish a niche. I have loved men and women in my life. Case in point. possessor of an intuitive understanding of symbolism and communication. build communities and other such endeavors.102 OWN LABELS Labels and titles can be very limiting and should be avoided at all costs. I find that by embracing the positive qualities of the ENTJ title (born leader. I’ve been labeled ‘the bisexual defector’ in print. intuitive. Just call me Martina. Professionally it doesn’t matter that you are a woman. some people label me a defector. etc) I can make this label an asset rather than a burden that I can use to apply for jobs.

There’s nothing you can do about it.079 BE SPORADIC When something unexpected happens. but you just have to roll with the punches.COM . go with it! Some of the most interesting.” -Otis Williams HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Why not? You can always do what you had planned again in the future. fun and memorable moments of your life will be the ones that you didn’t plan and had no inkling were on the horizon. If something you planned got nudged out of place by some unforeseen turn of events. Cultivate an attitude that allows you to easily adapt to new situations or you’ll miss out on a lot of opportunities. I don’t worry about it. just roll with it. but you can’t plan sporaticism ON SPORADICISM “It’s a terrible situation.

Or boredom. I’d rather earn it my way…through things that make me happy. I recognize that money is a means to an end and not an end unto itself. and the things money can help you do. they merely amplify what is already there. and whatever you already feel will become more intense as you get more of it. I don’t want to be that bored. Sure. ON MONEY “Money and success don’t change people.” -Will Smith HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. This is an important distinction.048 MONEY? MEH I’m a fairly capitalistic person: I enjoy the challenge of making money and of producing value in exchange for that money. all money will do is give you more sadness.COM . At the same time. I think the pursuit of money is silly. but if you don’t have that happiness already. The pursuit of things and ideas that bring you money. sure. This includes unhappiness. But to have money for money’s sake? Nah. money can help you buy nice things and get you access into interesting social circles and open up all kinds of doors. You know those really unhappy rich people? The ones that get depressed or drink their lives away or kill themselves? They are the people who thought that money would bring them happiness. This is a myth. It is an amplifier.

None of us do.COM . familiar or not. The only way we learn more is by keeping an open mind and allowing ourselves to take it all in. Kettering HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. but you don’t know everything. Just in case.” -Charles F. It’s unfamiliar! It’s scary! Surely if it worked someone else would have thought of it before now! Blah blah blah! But every once in a while you’ll come across a new idea that’s world changing. Dismissing new ideas offhand is bad form. It might inspire you to reach new heights or see life a different way or change your perspective on gun control or lead to an appreciation of a new kind of food.059 BE OPEN-MINDED The quickest and easiest response to a new idea is to discard it. ON OPEN MINDS “People are very open-minded about new things as long as they’re exactly like the old ones. You’re a smart person.

more than likely there isn’t anything to hide and THAT is what they are hiding). that’s usually a pretty good indication that they have different priorities than what they are telling you to your face. They have open minds. Avoid these kinds of tricks. Also watch for false logic (arguments that depends on arguments that don’t make sense in order to be true) and anything with an air of mystery (if you can’t find out everything about a subject fairly easily because someone is standing in your way. ON BULLSHIT “Children always understand.” -Madonna HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.006 KNOW BULLSHIT Some things are so clearly untrue that it’s not worth spending your precious free time on. Fortunately you can usually identify these kinds of ideas by the company they keep.COM . Your time is better spent doing almost anything else. They have built-in shit detectors. Go play Tetris instead. If someone is asking for money (trying to sell the idea).

” -Ralph Waldo Emerson HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. but he is brave five minutes longer. gut-reaction to what a hero would think is right can help you figure this out. Of course. think of yourself as the hero in your own story. instinctual. because it can make even the most hum-drum days seem like adventures.COM . As the protagonist of this story what would you do? There’s your answer. When you have a tough decision to make.056 BE A HERO This is a visualization exercise that I’ve found to be quite useful. This works in a lot of situations. but it also helps you stick to your philosophical guns because thinking about what the hero would do in a story makes you quickly analyze of what the RIGHT thing to do is. ON HEROES “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man. there is no real right thing to do in any situation (it changes based on your perspective)…only what seems to be the MOST right for you in that very specific moment in time Going with your quick.

then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. ON CELEBRITY “A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known. and one of the big issues that I have with it is the citywide obsession with celebrity. Instead of reading Perez Hilton. but it will make you a much more well rounded person and much more interesting to talk to at parties (and parties ARE important). is it bad for you. Most people that you meet in LA are connected in some way to the TV and movie industries (even if they are a few steps removed) so the appreciation for everything poppy and gilded runs deep.” -Fred Allen HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Celebrity is just icing. but could tell you the most intimate details of Brad and Angelina’s relationship.COM . why not read The Economist? Instead of flipping on The Buzz. No nutritional value at all. I’ve known people who couldn’t tell you where France is on a map.070 REJECT CELEBRITY There’s a lot to love about Los Angeles. but there is also plenty wrong with that town. It’s easy and can be delicious but man. why not turn to the Discovery Channel? It may not be the same kind of mental candy. it’s all sugar. Ooh la la. There’s simply no substance.

I made a shadow-bunny with my hands and I drew a rabbit with my own blood. My girlfriend was turned into a rabbit and I shaped a rabbit out of my shoelaces. I made a broccoli rabbit and painstakingly shaped a rabbit out of peanut butter. It was also just a whole lot more fun to use this approach than to just draw 100 rabbits with a pencil. The artificial limitations of the project resulted in more interesting products than I would have created had there been no limitations. The assignment was to create 100 rabbits. If it doesn’t work. I never realized how many illustration tools I had at my disposal.108 USE LIMITATIONS A project I did for one of my illustration classes in college showed me the value of artificial limitations.” -Gilbert K. pens for another. charcoal for another. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. each and every one resulting in a very unique look and texture. The limitation was that we could only use each medium ONCE. relationships or projects and see how it turns out. It was amazing.COM . you can just break your own rules. This meant that I was able to use watercolors for one rabbit. Try something similar in your life. Who’s going to stop you? PRO LIMITATION QUOTE “Art consists of limitation. etc. After 16-20 rabbits my collection of conventional illustration and art supplies were used up and I was forced to really get creative. Chesterton HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

” -Mark Victor Hansen “The mask can be a limitation. but that seems a little limiting to me… DEALING WITH LIMITATIONS “In imagination. Break through barriers that don’t make sense! Show people what can be done when you are uninhibited and you’ll find yourself in the position to work without constraints more often. You can call this outside the box thinking. there’s no limitation.COM .” -Willem Dafoe HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. but you just deal with it. they perpetuate a bureaucratic system or exist because of some outdated idea that no longer applies.047 KILL LIMITATIONS Most of the time I find that limitations exist for their own sake. You do get superhuman strength and pumpkin bombs and all this other stuff to express yourself with.

” -Charles Schwab HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Once that’s complete. so every moment that you aren’t doing something you enjoy is wasted time you’ll never get back. Better to get started now! The clock is ticking! WISDOM FROM A BANKER “The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.066 DO YOU LOVE IT? If you aren’t doing what you love. why are you doing it? Cut it out.COM . Don’t fall prey to the ‘what-if’s’ and ‘but that’s not how it’s dones. Then the next.’ It’s your life and you only get one time around. do the next one. and then actively work toward completing the first item on that list. write down what needs to be done to get there. Write down what you want to be doing.

Billy Idol couldn’t just walk into a party and have a normal conversation with another person about politics or euthanasia or his love of chess. forever. Be a hula-hoop champion or model train enthusiast. Other musicians.” -Pablo Picasso HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Anyone who is not a geek for something is boring. Women.001 BE MORE The last thing you want to be is a rock star. Seriously. A rock star will seldom be anything but a rock star to almost everyone. Billy Idol can’t go to the supermarket. People would want to talk about the rock n’ roll lifestyle. Why would you want to be pigeonholed for life? Doomed to always be the marketing chick or the car salesman? Make sure there is more to you than your job. That’s his life. too. It’s okay to talk about your work. ON LIVING “It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. so keep that in mind and find something worth geeking out about.COM . Drugs. It’s my goal to become known and respected enough in my field to make changes I want to make. but have hobbies and interests. I tend to hop from field to field fairly regularly so this is especially important to me. especially if you enjoy it. Join a bridge club or play polo. but not so well known that I’m limited by the expectations of others.

You don’t need to kill yourself to do well like I did. This is something that I battle with a lot. I put in a whole lot more effort than I was being paid for because I wanted to make sure that the relationships I was building would be strong and didn’t want anything to go wrong. It will not always get you to the top. I worked 5 jobs along with my full load of classes in college so I would have the experience I needed when I got out of school to get the kind of job I wanted. I’ve been able to reduce the amount of pure labor I put into projects by cutting back on the lower-value projects and activities. but I wouldn’t know how to do that if I hadn’t worked so hard starting out. but sometimes hard work is the best option and your success may depend on whether or not you’re willing to invest that kind of time and energy. but it will get you pretty near.COM . And it worked! Here I am. doing what I want to do and I have that hard work to thank for it. because I got where I’m at now by basically being willing to work a lot harder than just about everyone else. ON HARD WORK “I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. which requires more management and less direct involvement and elbow-grease. That is the recipe.” -Margaret Thatcher HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.104 ELBOW GREASE Something that most entrepreneurs have trouble with is moving from the startup mentality – where they have their fingers in everything and get their hands dirty working on every aspect of every project – to the business mentality. I didn’t have much free time and I would pull all-nighters all weekend. When I started up my own business.

Sounds wonderful. Sigh. I need me-time. You can slump in your chair and read a book in your underwear and eat a big bag of Doritos and take a nap. And you do too. It’s also good to take time for yourself because then you can be sure that you won’t be interrupted and can give your full. ON BEING ALONE “One travels more usefully when alone. There are a million little changes that you undergo when around others compared to when you’re all alone. undivided attention to all those little personal projects that you keep putting off. because he reflects more. When you’re around others you constantly have to bend a bit and make room for other peoples’ needs and desires. And it’s when you’re alone that you can truly be yourself.096 ALONE TIME I’m a people person and tend to thrive when around other people.COM . but I definitely need time to recharge. Take time for yourself. your productivity and your sanity. be as strange or awkward or self-conscious as you want.” -Thomas Jefferson HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. your health.

COM . you can move on to college with a good idea that can then be refined as you learn and take more classes.” -William Allin HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. If you take a little time to really think about it during high school. they are doing the best they can with the system they have. YAY FORMAL EDUCATION! “Education is not the answer to the question. if I have any say in the matter). and though their methods might be generally outdated and less effective than they could be (our generation will be the ones to fix this. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.105 USE SCHOOL If you have the opportunity to get a formal education (for however long). so being able to move on through the system and then to college/university is a HUGE gift. Use the time to investigate different areas of interest. Remember that the people teaching you are NOT your enemy. take full advantage of what you’re being given. Many people I know who are my age or older still don’t know what they want to do for their first career. There are many people in the world who don’t have access to what you can learn in elementary school. thank them for helping you expand your mind and do your best to learn for the long-term rather than the short. Be respectful. and they are already graduated from college.

It did allow me to learn a new skill set (Flash) and also gave me my initial professional experiences in the field (learning to deal with office life. or provided me with some other benefit. gave me back time and money to spend on other jobs and class projects. English.COM . It was a lot of work. Choose the work you take in college very carefully. BOO FORMAL EDUCATION! “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. running the design lab and print shop (helping other students with the software and operating the printers). Sophomore year I took my first design job. which was relatively simple and didn’t pay as much as the server job I had been working. I also worked as a columnist for the school newspaper (I wrote my articles while working in the lab) and then another design position with Publications at my school (which dealt more with printed materials than my other position). communicating clearly with coworkers. because if you are able to learn at work while you are learning in school (or instead of school).” -Albert Einstein HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. etc). etc) classes out of the way so I would have more free time later to focus on the really difficult classes and take on jobs in my field. you’ll emerge from your formal education ready for the job market or to start up your own business. I prioritized my time so that I would be able to work on my own projects (there were many) and do well in the classes I needed to get into the design program. I took on a design job with a local glossy magazine.004 LOSE SCHOOL I decided on what I wanted to do for a living early on in college (freshman year) and then got my core (Math. each allowed me to hone a skill set. Finally. but each and every job provided me with more than just a paycheck. I then took a job with the design department.

Symmetry implies that you can fit in with the status quo and flourish.’ In nature. you’ll have a much easier life.COM . This allows me to get away with all the crazy stuff with few repercussions. ON FITTING IN “A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. perfect for the standard life cycle and reproductive purposes of the species. a sterling representation of what they think is important). Others won’t be fighting you at every turn and you’ll get support from people you don’t even know (because you are. symmetry represents something that has good genes. at least externally. TWAIN. He must have time to modify his shape. so I make sure to take care of myself physically. I’m a pretty weird guy.” -Mark Twain HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. If you can present yourself as someone who is acceptable by mainstream standards. to stay well groomed and to be well dressed.074 BE SYMMETRICAL In this context I’m using symmetry to represent what is socially ‘correct. taking note of local customs and niceties so that I can easily fit in as a respected member of society without too much extra effort.

coal power.COM . Because I was a respected member of society. and it’s important to maintain a sense of rebellion and question everything. working primarily as a graphic designer and creating a whole lot of promo materials for family-friendly events. etc). my voice was heard and the zines became a great hit. If I had spent most of my time at protests and spray-painting the windows of local businesses I wouldn’t have had the same kind of support (who wants to listen to the guy who does nothing but shout?). This doesn’t mean that you have to flaunt your opinions in everyone’s face just because you can.” -Movie: What a Girl Wants HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. periodicals. while the other part is untraditional enough to keep people interested and allow me to thrive. Being asymmetrical also means that you should break traditional lifestyle molds. POP MOVIE WISDOM “Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out. militarism. but rather that you should work steadily toward the changes you wish to make while at the same time fitting in enough so that your voice can be heard (some people call this ‘throwing rocks from inside the establishment’). I run a traditional business in the United States. At one point in college I had 5 jobs. but I operate from other countries and write about my experiences. etc. At the same time I would get up early and stay up late to create zines that were distributed around town with the intent of rabble-rousing and getting people to talk about confrontational subjects (abortion.038 BE ASYMMETRICAL No one ever started a revolution by fitting in. One part of my model is standard enough to make people comfortable. taking on clients like most other businesses do.

By working with other people who have similar goals you can also make a much larger dent in whatever problems you are trying to solve or changes you are trying to bring to fruition. ON GROUPS “Individual commitment to a group effort . Others opt to really dig in to their work and others join Greenpeace or Doctors Without Borders. You might be a very capable person. Whatever the case may be and whatever level of involvement you take on. being a part of groups like these can help you develop valuable interpersonal skills.083 BE A PART Being a part of something that is larger than yourself and your personal concerns can be a great benefit to you individually and to the world as a whole. a company work. a society work.” -Vince Lombardi HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Or 12.COM . Or 500.that is what makes a team work. That’s a lot of hands and minds working toward the same goal and there’s little that can’t be accomplished with enough people who are willing to work for it. a civilization work. but 4 very capable people will always be more effective. including the ability to relate to and help with other peoples’ problems. Some people choose to be involved with religious organizations or school clubs.

Sometimes being in a group can water down your ideas since you generally have to meet in the middle when working with others. that success is all yours. time and projects as well. but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own. Either way. there are no meetings or even discussions necessary. solo projects are much easier and less time consuming to get started. If you succeed when working alone. BEING A LONER “Yes. Fortunately. I guess you could say I am a loner.COM . be willing to accept the results and you’ll take a lot away from every experience. This also means that if you fail.095 BE APART While it’s important to be social. interactive and collaborative. that failure is completely on you. don’t be afraid to have your own space.” -Henry Rollins HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. all you have to do is decide to do it and then do it.

This is probably not how you want to spend your life. you’ll catch potential employers’ and clients’ eyes with your personal branding. not your results. that time is theirs to waste. I draw the parallel between these two things because the résumé is antiquated and so is being paid for your time. DEFINITION “Résumé: a written exaggeration of only the good things a person has done in the past.” -Bo Bennet HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. as well as a wish list of the qualities a person would like to have. This isn’t a good trade because it means you will be stuck working even if you have completed all of your tasks.082 GO RÉSUMÉLESS If you feel the need for a résumé in the new business marketplace you probably aren’t being hired for the value you can contribute. If you have to interview for a position.COM . you’re already getting shafted…make people aware of what you can do for them before they even speak to you. These days. Don’t depend on a résumé. They have you and no matter how hard you work. social networking. by making connections and taking advantage of all the resources the modern world has to offer. gone above and beyond and given 150%. but for the time you put in. if you’re on your game and motivated and know what you’re doing.

Act like it. If you are constantly trying to assert your superiority you’re showing a lack of confidence. and that means that you are improving yourself in some way. Confidence is great.COM . Part of being confident means not having to prove your value to everyone else. That means that even when you’re at your lowest you will be aware of your own value and get out of your pit of despair much faster. which means that you give a damn.’ those muscles will actually begin to sustain themselves. with your 6-pack popping out and your oblique’s waving ‘hi. man/woman. while arrogance is being annoying and destructive (it’s essentially over-confidence…believing you’re the cat’s meow without being able to deliver AND rubbing it in everyone’s face). You’re reading a really frickin’ long ebook right now. Walk tall. but be sure not to cross the line and become arrogant. ON CONFIDENCE “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent” -Eleanor Roosevelt HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Once you get your core to a certain point. but if you become a confident person that confidence will become self-sustaining. because confidence is noticed by the world around you and there are few things more attractive or useful to have on your side. You will be passively burning more calories and working out those muscles without even having to think about it…they just DO. Your confidence means being attractive and useful in reality.012 BE CONFIDENT You know what? You’re awesome. Confidence is like working out your abs. We all have our bad hair days. Knowing you have value means not having to flaunt it or put down others to feel good about yourself. Confidence works the same way.

stop going out to clubs. All you’re paying for is the brand name (many of these products are made in the exact same factory and the only reason there is a premium is because that brand pays more for commercials and promotions…the product itself isn’t any better). but until you are you’ve got to buckle down so you have some money to throw at the debt problem each month. Also: keep in mind that in most cases buying brand name products means you are wasting your money.” -Aesop HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Buy a cheap bottle of wine and have friends over to your place instead of hitting the clubs (that bottle will cost less than it would cost for you to walk in the door of a club). There are some exceptions. but paying $5 for hand soap when you could pay $1 for something that is just as good is ridiculous. If you are in debt. The slightly longer answer is that you need to prioritize and eliminate debt first. When you’re out of debt you can rethink some of this. I know it sounds like social suicide.COM . Learn to cook or just brown bag it instead of going out to lunch every day. Any debt you have will slowly accumulate more debt. and that means any gains you make saving money and accruing interest will be cancelled out.077 BE THRIFTY Do not spend more than you make. Stop paying premiums for services that you can just as easily do yourself. but it doesn’t have to be. That’s the short and dirty answer to all of your money problems. ON THRIFTINESS “It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow. Stop going out to lunch every day.

I know people who are held back because they keep making the same mistakes at work or in their relationships or with money. People LOVE to tell stories and dole out advice. take a moment to really let it sink in.” -Al Franken HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. what you want to do is drink a beer and eat an entire box of Girl Scout cookies.084 MAKE MISTAKES Learn from your own mistakes and learn from the mistakes of others. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. If you mess up badly.COM . and if they had just paid attention the last time they would know exactly how to stop making the mistakes. which. but what you should do is make sure that you understand what went wrong so that it doesn’t happen again. so you’ll likely make a friend in the process. I know. at least. I know. It’s astounding how many people don’t do either of these things. People also LOVE to talk about themselves. others can learn from. It’s also super-valuable to talk to others frequently and get them talking about their lives. ON MAKING MISTAKES “Mistakes are a part of being human. Unless it’s a fatal mistake.

done by machines and outsourced . Thanks Chopin! ON YOUR MUSE “Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you. Already. but you’ll still have a job.” -Saint Bartholomew HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. The jobs that are going to be left for you to do will be things that others can’t do more cheaply and in general that means something that requires a bit more creativity than spreadsheet karate.has been.019 BE INSPIRED What inspires you? If you see a painting. Not only that. you’ve got new ideas instead of just regurgitating. does it make you want to paint or write or do your taxes? Do you get a thrill every time you see a movie or talk to a stranger or read an ebook (*crossing fingers* oh please oh please oh please!)? You’d better have something to get your creative juices flowing because otherwise you’ll be at a serious disadvantage in the modern workforce. You’d better have something special to offer and in a lot of cases that something will come to you in a flash of inspiration: you hear a piece of classical music and BOOM.COM . a whole lot of what can be automated .

COM . nothing more and it’s amazing to me that such a small thing could lead to such huge life changes for other people. Many people who have read my blog or heard my story have contacted me a few days or a few months later to tell me that. I was a catalyst.037 BE INSPIRATIONAL One of the most rewarding things about my Exile Lifestyle project has been the response I’ve gotten from others. ON BEING INSPIRING “Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. as a direct result of having come into contact with what I was doing. Some have stopped making excuses and gotten out of bad relationships or begun to take night classes in a subject that has always fascinated them.” -Plato HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. You can do that same! Spread positive change in your wake and you’ll not only feel a greater sense of accomplishment (your presence changed someone’s life! That’s a big deal!). services and interpersonal relationships will be). I’m no guru on any of these topics. Though these changes happened as a result of people reading or hearing my words. They saw that I could do what I wanted to do and that inspired them to do what they wanted to do. Some have started working out more or simply begun to be more aware of their life and what they want to do with it. they really have nothing to do with me. they’ve begun to make changes in their own lives. you’ll also be helping to make the world a better place (in the sense that when more people are happy with their situation the better our goods. Some people have quit their job to pursue what they really want to do.

they aren’t a geek for SOMETHING.088 BE A GEEK You know how every once in a while you’ll meet someone who is just incredibly dull but you can’t quite put your finger on why? I’ll tell you why: they aren’t a geek. Video games from the 1980’s. If they can’t get excited about anything enough to want to talk about it. Antique teacups. You don’t even have to like something popular. Ponies.” -Unknown HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. and those who don’t. GEEKY QUOTE “There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary. Anyone who isn’t just crazy interested in something will be a fairly boring person. Don’t be that person…find something that interests you. You just need something you can get real passionate about. Those without interests are not interesting. Or rather. but also for the sake of those who have to interact with you.COM . then what else is there to talk about? The weather. That’s it. Act accordingly. Snoresville. Birdhouse carpentry. not only for your own mental health (though that’s a big part of it).

you begin to form habits that go deep. Tabula rasa! Old friends and family . not just who other people think you are. While traveling I have the opportunity to reinvent myself more frequently and it is incredibly liberating. I have a completely different reputation in my college town than I did in high school. would likely be surprised to find out that I ever dressed differently than I do now. and I had a completely different one in LA than in my college town. I stopped dressing like a slob and was taunted with ‘pretty boy’ and ‘Mr. Not just opening doors. You pass the same buildings and hang out with the same crowd. never to return. There are the same music venues to attend shows at and the same comic strips in the paper. When you leave and put yourself in a new environment you suddenly have a very large opportunity: the chance to start over. places and things for a while. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.022 GO AWAY When you are around the same people. Different haircut. Your brain locks those coordinates and has trouble shifting gears.COM . but it does happen. Get away from what you’re accustomed to and figure out who you really are. That thing that happened at that one party? No one in the new place knows about it. ON LEAVING “Traveling is not just seeing the new. some of my very good friends (including my best friend) were visibly offended. When I started making positive changes in high school.” -Jan Myrdal HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. They don’t do it consciously. My new friends from college. Different name. on the other hand. It’s even worse with friends than with family. Metro.’ this from people who have always known me to dress fairly tastelessly. also closing them behind you. You can be whomever you matter how awesome and well intentioned they might be can hold you back. it is also leaving behind.

Animaniacs HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. apply yourself to thoughts higher than ‘Who will win Dancing with the Stars?’ from time to time and enjoy the hell out of not knowing because it’s not likely we’ll be able to figure it all out any time soon. no society. but still can’t see or measure…we’re pretty sure we know what about 5% of the Universe is made of but even that’s left open to interpretation). More: the Universe is incredibly vast and our galaxy is not even a speck of a speck in that vast abysmal stew of matter. Somewhere in the world someone your age is dying of violence or malnutrition or disease. CARTOON SONG “It’s a great big universe / And we’re all really puny We’re just tiny little specks / About the size of Mickey Rooney It’s big and black and inky / And we are small and dinky It’s a big universe / And we’re not” -Yakko Warner. no money and no sentience.021 THE BIG PICTURE Let’s put things in perspective here. that’s really bad and you will be stressed about money and finding a new income stream and some of your relationships might suffer and you’ll most likely be unhappy. Who knows what’s out there? And then what’s past that? And do other dimensions overlap our own? And what’s outside of those dimensions? Is there some kind of Creator? And if there is. the length of the white line at the end of the nail on your middle finger is the total length of human history. The rest of the length of your arms and fingers and nails is the amount of time the Earth has been here without humans. who created the Creator? And if there’s not. what then? Keep things in perspective. dark matter and dark energy (which is something we THINK exists.COM . no jobs. And think about this: if you spread your arms as far as they will go out to your sides and straighten your fingers. They’ve never had the chance to work or have a full meal or known peace. no relationships. No buildings. Say you lose your job.

which has just enough room for a handful of shirts. when you have too much it weighs on you mentally and physically. It’s stressful to have so many things to store and take care of! If you’ve ever traveled with a bunch of checked luggage you likely know this feeling: you’re not able to do everything you want because you are limited by what you have with you. What I am saying is that you shouldn’t buy/consume/accumulate more than you need. ‘but if I DO sometime in the future. we tend to nest. I’m not saying you should sell everything like I did…it wouldn’t make sense for most lifestyles. and I haven’t even used everything I brought with me! When we live in one place for a while and have extra space. ON MINIMALISM “The secret of happiness. is not found in seeking more. I’ll be happy I kept it. I don’t miss a thing. a few jeans. Hard to argue with that. It’s bad for the environment and it’s bad for your stress levels (not to mention your bank account!). my laptop and a few cables and toiletries. That being said. a pair of shoes. but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.’ There’s nothing inherently wrong with possessions.’ we think. I really enjoy the possessions I do have and go out of my way to get the best of whatever I’m buying.071 BE MINIMAL When I decided to leave LA and travel the world I sold or gave away everything that wouldn’t fit inside a carry-on bag. Keeping things simple allows you to have the best of what you do own AND have less clutter. you see.” -Socrates HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. ‘I might not ever use this. The same is true with life in general.COM . in fact.


One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear from the lifestyle design crowd is to automate. Get the stuff you don’t want to do or don’t know how to do off your plate and free up time to enjoy life. Go on a date. Learn to fly fish. Do whatever. Making use of clever software is a fantastic way to gain back lost time, especially if you work or socialize online. I use HootSuite to keep track of my many social media conversations, to plan, post and track articles that I advertise on Facebook and Twitter, and Adium to keep in touch with people from all the instant messaging services I’m a part of. I use Things as my to-do list, and Evernote serves as my all-purpose notes/ideas/ media/important document depository. Linotype FontXplorer organizes my enormous collection of fonts, while Gmail and Google Calendar allow me to run my business from any computer with Internet access. The time these apps have saved me is IMMENSE and what’s really amazing is that all but one of them (Things) is free. Another way I automate is called batch processing, which means I’ll take a series of similar tasks and do them all at the same time. By doing this, I benefit from a hefty increase in speed (from getting into the ‘zone’ and not being interrupted). Outsourcing has become a very big part of many people’s automation arsenal and though I’ve only dabbled in this, I can already tell you that if you can find the right person, it frees up a LOT of time. You do pay for it, but you also see a big return on your investment, so if you can outsource paying work especially, you could have a winning situation for everyone involved while regaining a nice portion of your day.

“Besides black art, there is only automation and mechanization.“ -Federico Garcia Lorca



Since I started really getting into design and taking my future seriously, it’s been incredibly tough for me to relax. In some ways this has been beneficial: if you can’t relax, you keep working and when you’re starting out this helps you get a lot of low-paying, low-value work out of the way so you can get up to the big leagues faster. Long-term that kind of schedule can wear you out and I’ve crashed pretty hard a few times because of the intensity and stress. Learning how to relax has been super-valuable for me and though I had to convince myself it was essential for productivity before I could spare the time to learn (and it is!), I have no regrets about making that investment. If you take care of your car you’ll be a whole lot less likely to have your engine fail while on the highway. I was running my engine into the ground without changing the oil or checking the tires or anything preventative like that. Nothing serious happened, thank goodness, but it could have. While on the highway (LIFE is a highway, you know). Not good. If you invest the time and money to change your oil (relax) you’ll be much better off. No one relaxes in the same way and it took me some time to figure out what would really put my mind and body at ease (a good book, a snack, a little exercise and most of my commitments out of the way). You’ll likely have to go through some trial and error before you find the right circumstances for optimal relaxation. Take the time to do it, though; you really don’t want to have to buy a new car (I’m not even sure what that means in the context of the metaphor...body transplant? Yeah, I guess you don’t want to have to try and do that).

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” -Ovid



If you don’t ask questions, you won’t learn as quickly as those who do. You won’t benefit from the experience of others, you won’t be able to clarify unclear information and you will be ignorant compared to those who do. Any questions?

What makes a #2 pencil so special? Who’s the AOL ‘You’ve Got Mail!’ guy? Where does nougat come from? Is there a move that’s most likely to win at rock-paper-scissors? Which came first, the can-opener or the can? How does a word become a curse word? Why do battery letters skip from A to C? Was there a B battery? What does McDonald’s have in common with the CIA? Why does Hawaii have interstate highways? Why do most snooze buttons only give you 9 more minutes of sleep? Why do we call them grandfather clocks? Was ‘turkey’ a bird or country first? Who invented sliced bread? Why is it called ‘blackmail’? Is it possible to own property on the Moon? Why can’t you tickle yourself? Is human meat healthy? Can you sense weather with an injured body part? What are Seamonkies? How many pounds of chimpanzee is needed to defeat the average human? -from Mental Floss Magazine, Top 25 Most Important Questions in the Universe



I have biases, you have biases; we all have biases. It’s part of the human condition. It helped us survive and evolve into the (mostly) civilized folk we are today. That being said, it’s not really ideal to have a lot of biases because they can keep you from trying new things and being receptive to new ideas. A closed mind is often an ignorant mind and biases can cause a person to slam the door on certain people, cultures, ideas, etc. A good way to deal with personal biases is just to become aware of them. When you find yourself having particularly negative or positive feelings toward something or someone, take note and see if you can determine why. More often than not you’ll be able to come up with some reason why you might feel the way you do (‘I hate cows because cows burnt down my childhood home! Of course!’). Remember that you are viewing the world through tinted lenses and act accordingly.

“To know the true reality of yourself, you must be aware not only of your conscious thoughts, but also of your unconscious prejudices, bias and habits.” -Unknown


a man with two watches is never quite sure. which? Who should decide if your country goes to war? Abortion? Euthanasia? Global climate change? Capitalism? Suicide? These are important subjects that you should know enough about to have an opinion. Also: live according to your philosophy. but you should know what you ethically believe about as many things as possible.058 YOUR ETHICS This can take some serious time (like. when it comes time to make a decision (or help others make a decision) you very well might do something you regret for the rest of your life. That’s a really douchey thing to do. If you don’t. but if you beat your wife while preaching about peace and pacifism you don’t have a moral high ground. Or any ground. Is it ever okay to kill? Should drugs be illegal? If so. your whole life) to figure out.COM . ON PERSONAL PHILOSOPHIES “A man with one watch knows what time it is.” -Lee Segall HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. It’s great that you think that violence is wrong.

COM . Next time you get in the zone. Boom. ON FOCUS “The first rule of focus is ‘Wherever you are be there. super powers.’ This is like a super-power if you can get it working correctly and when you need it. Was it a certain routine? Exercise and then read for a few minutes until you feel inspired? A cup of tea and kicking on the A/C? Replicate whatever seems to work and refine it until you can get in the zone at will. take a second and think through everything you did to get there.’” -Unknown HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.034 THE ZONE You should learn how you best get into ‘the zone. You’ll get things done at super-speed and do much higher quality work because your mind is focused and has the right kind of activity for what you need to get done.

irrational or simply inefficient. I want to note something here in great big letters so that no one misinterprets what I’m saying: THIS DOES NOT MEAN USE VIOLENCE. go around the current structure. This means going through the channels that currently exist to try and influence change.” -Albert Einstein HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. it’s there to maintain the status quo. ON CHALLENGING AUTHORITY “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. unless someone forces change upon the system. but follow the rules as much as possible. Your efforts should be constructive.COM . what I’m talking about here is peaceful revolution that brings about positive change. If this doesn’t work and this change is important enough to continue pursuing. do what you can to work within the existing power structure first. This means that your boss or the people who are in charge of creating DMV regulations or the city council are all working hard to keep themselves in power. which can impact the way they use the power they currently have. If that doesn’t work. If you want to change something that is unjust. The Iron Law of Oligarchy (a political theory of leadership) essentially says that those in power will do all they can to maintain that power and to gain more power.007 MAKE WAVES Authority isn’t there to be challenged. then openly or clandestinely work to break the current system so that a new one can rise in its stead. effective AND let you sleep at night. This means that the way things currently work is how they will continue to work.

ON BRANDING “Like so much of cool hunting.073 KNOW MARKETING The world is one big consumer society.COM . I say. as I pour an extra strong lager. I am handsome.are brands. I say. I say. instead making rational decisions that are right for you. And now a word from our sponsor. No Logo. Everything out there . I am a merchant banker..” -Walter Landor HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. pg 78 I am irresistible. and black youth on their fetishization of white wealth. It’ll help. as I climb out of my BMW.. and if you are aware of the tactics they use you’ll be a lot less likely to fall for them. as I put on my designer fragrance. as I put on my Levi jeans. Learn about marketing. but brands are created in the mind. I say. services and ideas.from charities to businesses to other people . Hilfiger’s marketing journey feeds off the alienation at the heart of America’s race relations: selling white youth on their fetishization of black style. They are all trying to sell you things.” -John Kay “Products are made in the factory. I am a juvenile lout.” -Naomi Klein.

and what steps to take next. how to get there. ON REFLECTING “They only babble who practise not reflection. It doesn’t have to be a long time (20 minutes a day will do).COM .” -Edward Young HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. where you want to be. what’s going on in your world. It also helps to be in touch with your emotions even though it can be a very difficult and draining task.076 SELF-REFLECT Take the time to self-reflect. Being aware of what kinds of things make you angry or jealous can help you avoid those situations or cope with the emotions when they arise so that they don’t hold you prisoner. but if you do you’ll be a whole lot more aware of who you are.

but if you wake up 15 minutes earlier every week.most people get up a whole lot later than 5 . you’ll see results very quickly and add productive (or. It takes some practice to get to this point .092 WAKE UP EARLY It’s great waking up at 5am refreshed and ready to start (and maybe finish) your day’s tasks before everyone else gets up. sleep late. non-productive-but-enjoyable) time to your day. ON SLEEPING IN “If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning. if you prefer.” -Henry Youngman HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.COM .

if you understand social networks. If you don’t know how to use social networks or blogs or Microsoft Office or have a working knowledge of how the software and hardware work in your machine you don’t have to stop reading right now.and second get a grip.099 BE TECH-SAVVY If you are afraid of or refuse to use technology for any reason . If you lack a basic knowledge of something so fundamental you’re really crippling your own career and lifestyle possibilities out of ignorance or fear (that stems from ignorance). the employable) from the unsuccessful. It lets people be creative. have a blog. you’re in a good spot. please. It’s that important. On the other hand. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before. Just stop reading and sign up for something right now. It lets people be productive. but at the very least you have a foundation on which you can build many different career structures. most young people are the same. and so in a sense it is all about potential.” -Steve Ballmer HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. If you don’t know how to use a computer. True. go take a class right now. We live in the 21st century and technology is a basic part of everyday life in most countries. ON TECHNOLOGY “The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do.first of all kudos for figuring out a way to read this book . Knowledge of technology is already a big part of what divides the successful (hell. know some Photoshop and basic HTML. but I still recommend you take a class.COM .

COM . Did you know Archimedes may have built a death ray out of mirrors to set ships ablaze? Even crazier. he was killed while his city was pillaged for yelling at an invading soldier ‘Don’t disturb my circles!’ (I guess he was really serious about his circles). If everyone would just take a good. long. folks. so if you want to know where we’re going. As the Barenaked Ladies song of the same name goes. ON HISTORY “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” -George Santayana HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. “It’s all been done before. circles. hard look at the past and how things work today I think a lot of our problems would stop before they start.” This is true. take a look at the past and patterns will become clear. For serious.091 KNOW HISTORY I can’t tell you how frequently I sit and shout at my computer screen while reading political news. Plus there’s just some really crazy stuff that’s happened.

that’s the Nick-at-Night lineup. Urkel. Joanie. FAMILY GUY REFERENCE “Lois: Okay. I hope you’re not pregnant. You don’t have to know every juicy detail of their relationship. you know. Greg. Mike Seaver. but understanding pop culture is important for many reasons. Finally. Jan. Brian: That’s Street Fighter. it allows you to participate in society like someone that. it’s easy-going mind-candy that we could all honestly use a bit of from time to time. Peter: Blanka. blue. Furley. Marsha.. belongs there.. Peter: Oh god. and then if there are two pink lines.” -Family Guy. Boner. Among people. Chun-Li. Guile.. Brian: Those are colors. pop culture is kind of ridiculous and fun and though it might not be the most intellectual of pursuits. one more minute. Mr.045 KNOW POP This is sometimes tough for me because of my disdain for celebrity culture.. but if you don’t know who Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are. Second. episode Sibling Rivalry HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.COM . Bobby. We already got Chris. For one. knowing what’s going on in pop culture can help you see where trends are going and act on them instead of being forced to react.. Brian: Peter those aren’t your kids.. Richie. Honda. Carol Seaver. we can’t afford another kid.. Stewey. you simply don’t fit in United States culture… there’s something missing that makes you stand out in a bad way. green. Peter: Red. Zangeif. E..

but only occasionally. “It’s not a party if it happens every night. a girl has to indulge herself. This can also serve as a motivation to get stuff done. do it. ON INDULGENCE “Every once in awhile. and then not only will you be sick or dead from overindulging but you’ll also hate something you used to love. Instead. As the Postal Service song says. Not good. but most of the time find your enjoyment elsewhere.COM .” Even something you love more than anything else will get boring if you do it all the time. Double-whammy. reward yourself when you deserve it. If this means going overboard with something.002 INDULGE Allow yourself to enjoy life.” -Sarah Jessica Parker HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

It also helps to tether the new habit to an old habit…say. once established are just as hard to break as are bad habits.067 MAKE HABITS Developing a new habit can be very easy. eating breakfast.COM . When trying to start a new habit . If you do your pushups every single day after breakfast. that one day where you can’t fit in the pushups could be what ruins the progress you’ve made).let’s say doing 25 pushups a day . you’ll be much more likely to build up the habit and make it stick than if you do them at a different time every day.” -Robert Puller HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. provided you to do it right from the start. Habits are great because they allow you to learn and otherwise improve yourself without having to think about it. YAY HABITS! “Good want to make sure you’ll be able to do 25 pushups per day for at least a month before being interrupted (so if you’ll be traveling a lot or anything like that in between be careful.

043 BREAK HABITS Unfortunately. tape a piece of paper over the screen that says ‘Do you REALLY want to be doing this?’ That way you’ll be forced to think about the tradeoffs every time you start to do the activity and you can deal with the consequences of your own conscious actions rather than blaming your reflexive habits.” -Dr. etc. too. It helps to have a physical reminder. eating badly. If you watch too much TV. It’s a bit tougher to break a habit than to start one. watching TV every day after work. especially when the habit is something insidious and hard to lock down (like biting your nails…I had this problem and I would be dead set on stopping.COM . Conquer your bad habits. but then I’d start doing it without thinking and wouldn’t become aware of it until 5 minutes later). KILL THE HABITS “First we form habits then they form us. This breaks the subconscious cycle and allows you to make a rational decision rather than just falling prey to muscle memory (which is what happens most of the time). Rob Gilbert HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Smoking. or they’ll eventually conquer you. but something that works for me is to make sure that every single time I’m going to perform that habit I’m aware of what I’m doing. we all tend to develop many habits we don’t want.

but if you work hard enough and set your sights on a goal. besides. Sure. If something happens that brings you down. Seriously. so focus on that if you must. Isn’t that great?! ON OPTIMISM “Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” -Bo Bennett HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. you’ll take advantage of any luck that does come your way to the utmost and make some of your own. There is every reason to be happy and never any reason to be completely destroyed. really want to do it. Otherwise. really. focus on the good and remember that you decide how your life moves forward. You’re stronger for each bad situation you go through. not something to hold you back or push you down. some people have more barriers than others and it may take a great deal of luck to get there.COM . remember that it’s a learning experience and something to be treasured and remembered.090 BE OPTIMISTIC There’s nothing you can’t do if you really.

rather than retreat. Have thick skin. different points of view. take criticism well. And you know what? It’s okay. and if there is any useful advice in that criticism be prepared to accept and utilize it. and different motivations behind their comments. ON REJECTION “I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going.COM . Take as much away from the experience as possible and there will be less rejection in the future.106 BE REJECTED Rejection happens. You and your work are still great. People have different tastes. Rejection of you and of your ideas.” -Sylvester Stallone HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

No.COM .’ work on real. tangible aspects of yourself.” -Napoleon Bonaparte HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. I’m sorry.053 REJECT HONOR In most cases ‘honor’ and ‘pride’ are really just ways of saying ‘I have a sensitive ego so don’t hurt me because I’m trying to be manly. What does it matter if someone said something to hurt your pride? Who are they? What does their opinion matter? Clearly enough to make you fight them over it (do you think their opinion of you will improve after you beat them? After they beat you?). silly things like this and it’s time we phased them out for good. Instead of improving your ‘honor. Wars are fought over petty. useful.’ If you get into a fight because of your pride. HONOR ENSLAVES “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. but you’re misguided. honor and pride are just labels for outdated ideas that really have no place in the modern world. Honor won’t get you a job. Go learn something.


I’m a big fan of Dan Savage, the advice columnist from Seattle. He came up with a concept that I really like that he applies to relationships, but I think can apply equally well to live in general. The concept is being ‘GGG,’ which means that in your relationship you should be Good, Giving and Game. You should be good at what you do, giving to your partner and game to try new things, especially if they make your partner happy. In life, too, you should try to be a good person…there isn’t really any reason not to be, and being a good person comes with so many benefits (other than just the pure satisfaction of being a good person) even the most hardened Objectivist should be able to find a self-serving reason to do so. Being giving will also help you in your personal and professional life. Take the time to help others out and you’ll be helped out in return. Just helping others out without any compensation from them usually helps you; it solidifies concepts in your mind, gives you more experience with whatever you’re helping them with and builds up an aura of goodwill around your personal brand. To be game in real life, you have to be willing to take things as they come and roll with the punches. When life gives you lemons, set up a lemon gelato stand in LA and make millions of dollars. When your plans are waylaid, find joy in the adventure. Do this, and you’ll never be disappointed and life will be full of exciting surprises

“It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, it matters how you’re doing it.” -Dan Savage


For this book, I was asked to relate some bit of wisdom regarding how I became remarkable. This, of course, was met with immense confusion and taken with great offense, seeing as how I’ve never claimed to be (nor do I ever expect to be) remarkable. The desire to be remarkable is, itself, a very unremarkable goal. My generation has been bought and sold on such narcissism and I do not wish to perpetuate the myth. You weren’t put on this earth to be remembered. Here’s the short version of my journey. I quit a job that exploited my labor and abused my humanity for the lowest legal wage. I then stumbled into self-employment thanks to my life-long passion for design and technology. Over time, I relegated myself to a life of reasonable expectations, living mostly as a minimalist and attempting to curb my appetite for more and to cultivate the necessary mentality for being content with “enough.” I now have the freedom to do whatever it is I want whenever I want to do it with only what I already have and all for the purpose of achieving the most good possible. In earnest, it’s a learning process, but one I’m happy to meet every day. I don’t regard this lifestyle as remarkable, but as necessary. I didn’t approach it for the purpose of showing off in certain company or having great stories to tell or flaunting my freedom, but because there is most certainly no other way for me to live. The American Dream is not sustainable and it’s a sorry state we’re in that remarkableness is signified by how thoroughly one can escape its grasp. I’m in no position to advise anyone on how to be remarkable, but I do know how to get the most out of life: do what you love, claim the fruits of your work (that is, avoid top-down corporations who profit from your labor at all costs), be content with what you have, buy as little as possible, utilize your skills for meaningful causes, give a good amount of your time to friends and family, and love all people (especially your enemies).

J.D. Bentley runs Wage Slave Rebel, where he writes about dismantling the status quo and liberating the minds of wage slaves everywhere. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.



“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson It takes an unrelenting will to live out those wise words. I may have only read that quote within the last year but my unrelenting will was sparked long before. I went through a series of knee surgeries when I was about seventeen, seven knee surgeries to be exact, each one more frustrating than the next. I remember at one point the doctor giving me an option, to go in for more surgery, or simply stop and be nearly inactive for the rest of my life. I had no choice; I had to fix my leg. I struggled for the next few years with my knees but because of my trials I became someone who could not be beat. I went on to finish several triathlons in the following 6 years. It was in that experience I learned I wanted something more out of life than a cookie cutter job and working for the weekends. Our experiences shape us; find whatever you need in life to make you hungry for experiences. It’s with this hunger I come at being an entrepreneur.

Robert Granholm is the co-founder of The Life Design Project and writes about lifestyle design as it relates to fulfilling your dreams and living the life you want to live. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.


it is that life is too short not to be doing something that makes you happy. and am getting ready to start traveling early in the new year. but I promise. for me. it is much riskier to do nothing. If a 9-5 job is what you are looking for. I have started a successful blog. Over time. and provides you with happiness and fulfillment.097 SEAN OGLE LOCATION 180 If there is one thing I have realized over the last few years. then that is fantastic. My life is filled with more uncertainty than I have ever had. it just wasn’t working. it will be harder to make a change.COM . yet I can’t believe how much happier I am due to the changes I have made. Sean Ogle runs Location 180 where he writes about lifestyle design. If you are unhappy now. However. a big raise isn’t going to fix that. It might seem risky to leave something that is comfortable to pursue a greater passion. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. left my job. I would have made significant steps to doing the things I was really passionate about: entrepreneurship and travel. location independence and the fulfillment of his ‘bucket list. Early in 2009 I made a promise to myself that by the end of the year. Since making that decision. I learned that you can’t do something just for the paycheck. as it continues to grow.’ Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

COM . It is your life.” -Michael Jordan The above quote is my favourite quote in the world. People can show you the path but you have to walk it. Your perception of reality is reality. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. health and enthusiasm for life. I’ve lost almost 300 games. yours to live and yours to enjoy. Do not cut yourself short. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. Do not be afraid. Do not limit yourself. an opportunity to start something new and correct any mistakes you have made in the past.005 DIGGY DE BRUIN UPGRADE REALITY In your life you have to realize that you alone are responsible for fixing your own problems. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. it is one step closer to succeeding at it. No matter how many times you fail at something. Diggy de Bruin founded Upgrade Reality where he writes about personal development. You can do anything you put your mind to. Every day is an adventure. It reminds us to never never never give up. And that is why I succeed. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.

we have so many choices that people are too afraid to choose only one. music. John Bardos runs Jet Set Citizen where he muses about location independence and lifestyle design and interviews other remarkable people.000 hours.COM . there would be no Microsoft today. There are so many opportunities to do so many different things now. Another factor that Gladwell points out is luck. Once you make that single commitment you have to put in 110% effort. than those born at the end of the year. Most classical musicians who go to top music schools rarely put in more then 5. Of course luck is not enough. Sports. faster and stronger for their age. Then again we are all remarkable in our own ways. You have to choose. Great hockey players tend to be born at the beginning of the year because they are bigger. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.9% of humanity.000 or 6. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. It takes 10.000 hours of productive and effective practice to be world class in almost any field. Look at any person at the top of their field and you will find a steadfast dedication to a single goal. business. You can’t be world class at five things at the same time. writes about the 10. Most people can’t make that single choice so they stumble along with the other 99. You don’t have to become a billionaire to make a difference in the world. without that mainframe access. academia are all the same. Do as much as you can for others every day of your life and you will be remarkable enough in the lives you touch. That is the cost of greatness.000 hours of productive practice.000 hour rule. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers. Being in the right place at the right time AND working your ass off on only one thing are what super success is about. hard work and luck. That is the problem. it means 10 years of almost full-time effort. That is why they become music teachers rather than world class performers. He was one of a few high school students in the world that had that opportunity at that time. I love to play guitar but even after 25 years of playing. I am still only at about 2. Bill Gates was fortunate enough to have unlimited access to a top end computer while he was in high school.093 JOHN BARDOS JET SET CITIZEN There are three secrets to being remarkable: focus. Basically. Regardless of how smart or hardworking Bill Gates was.

Become a unique and noteworthy conversationalist. like-minded people. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. most memorable encounters and experiences I have had can be traced back to this philosophy. Read a lot.” Stay positive and always look for the good in a given situation. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. One of my favorite mantras is “Attitude almost always determines your altitude in life. lifestyle design and entrepreneurship. Alan Perlman writes the popular blog The 9 to 5 Alternetive which focuses on travel. some of the wildest. From discussing politics with Serbian royalty to buying drinks for a famous British comedian in Ukraine. Say yes more often than you say no.COM . engaging people. By exposing myself to new interests and remaining open and flexible in my day-to-day decisions (especially when I travel).081 ALAN PERLMAN THE 9 TO 5 ALTERNATIVE Generate your own luck. Surround yourself with creative. Take social risks and make mistakes. captivating and remarkable life. I have chanced upon once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and connected with interesting. and you are sure to lead a fulfilling.

I soon learned that the holes to bolt them together didn’t line up. and the gallery looked good. sustainabilityfocused architecture and design agency based in Los Angeles. An hour from the onslaught of crowds and clearly with no chance to complete the intended design on time. The approved and intended design never came close to getting built.086 JENDA MICHL VERTU STUDIO Abandon the Plan From award of design to first build of a pop-up art gallery was two weeks. It was a wonderful relief. I also learned that we would only have 5 hours to construct the gallery for the very first time.COM . but the client still reveled in praise at each build. My wisest decision of the day was to welcome this usurping of design responsibility. I incorporated some of the changes into future installations. My parts weren’t interchangeable any more. a multidisciplinary. I did not specify the exact locations of the holes. When our goal was leading to failure. I was racking my brain for ways to more efficiently complete an impossible task. It was four days from the build and I had just received the steel for the structure. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. and took all the time we had. with a hard deadline and failure not an option. leaving me a few days to iron out any details. abandoning it may be the only path to success. Suddenly everything was custom. While we still got everything pre assembled. California. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Not so fast. All I had to do was drill some wood and I’d have all the parts for assembly. A second vital piece of advice: Never give incomplete instructions. Jenda Michl is the founder of Vertu Studio. we lost our chance to do a test build. even the first one. So good. an assessment of exactly what was possible given new possibilities and realities allowed the project to become a greater success than it could have before. Fortunately the overall client made an executive decision to alter the design. I would need to individually mix and match each piece and custom drill specific holes for them. Having a plan is critical. so I had no one but myself to blame.

It was possibly the best decision I ever made. But I try to prove everyday that it is possible to do so while having a code of conduct. After all those years of successes as my own boss. This philosophy allowed me to reduce my prices drastically. and being honest with your clients and business partners. making my services available to clients who would otherwise have to pass on them. With my studio. Use the “economical crisis” and people’s new concern for smart spending to convey the message that you CAN get great services for a reasonable cost.COM . no matter how crazy it seems. I moved to Los Angeles to get an MA in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. you will succeed. The Imagists. I was chomping at the bit. but a collaboration with the best freelancers in the country. Don’t get me wrong: I do not run a non-profit. Due to irreconcilable differences with my business partner. working for others and with so little responsibilities was the epitome of a humbling experience. Do not fear to start over. This branch of my business exceeded all my expectations and confirmed that personal branding is something to be taken into account in tomorrow’s market. Individuals are more aware and accepting today that they can be branded and that the way they convey their message is essential.014 CHRISTOPHE GALLAND THE IMAGISTS At age 20. I decided to explore the realm of personal branding. I graduated with a Master’s degree in law from the University of Paris II. even though it required many sacrifices and a great ability to leave things behind. Having an edge is essential to depart from your competition. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. I wanted to use Hollywood’s frenzy for profit and overcharging to my advantage. I was entering my third year as communication director and owner of a successful consulting firm implanted in 5 French cities. My business is meant to generate revenue. Change directions with the market. I had to quickly find a company that would employ me and sponsor me for an immigrant visa. Christophe Galland is the owner and creative director of the wildly successful Los Angeles-based communication and branding studio The Imagists. In order to remain in the United States legally. Sense it before it happens and be ready when the trend hits. I ended up accepting in a rush a position as an assistant in a Public Relations agency. My edge was simple: no overhead. No salaried employees. No expensive offices in Beverly Hills. and a tenacious will to see the world. And if you know yourself and your market. At that time. as long as it’s to cultivate your happiness. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

and web-based magazine focused on public diplomacy issues. diplomats. that your presence and involvement there can be part of the molding process. a USC-based print. teachers. to one of 2 million people. write a travel book. Other friends who have spent time in small countries – like in the Baltics or the Caribbean – have tended to agree with me.” country there is a sense that it is evolving. glass-blowers…) and it is because of these people that I’m constantly inspired and driven to keep things interesting. graphic designers. journalists. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn. I had the opportunity to travel to remote villages. Anoush Rima Tatevossian was the Editor-in-Chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine. and sometimes the opportunity can evolve into something even more substantial (friends involved in publishing inviting you to contribute or co-author!). those kindred “mad ones” will sense it. and land a long-term job which brought me back to Armenia to work for another year and a half. photographers. Pay attention when the new people you meet begin to talk. and changing. be welcomed into new “scenes. than in a sprawling place like the States. rock musicians. and Meet the Mad Ones. and be happy to grant you access. As long as your interest is in earnest. If you see a glimmer of madness in their eyes when they speak about what they do. Each person is like a door that opens up to an entirely new world. I’m particularly drawn to uncommon individuals from different walks of life (animators. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.” and access various opportunities is much greater in a condensed metropolitan area. In those months. I left the United States upon graduating from undergrad. anthropologists. or “in transition.COM . sometimes for a short visit (sitting in on a friend’s session at a recording studio). The second and most important thing in my life has been meeting passionate and dynamic people—the “mad ones”—and meeting lots of them. take part in civic protests. assist with a film that went on to win an award at Tribeca. One of the best decisions I ever made was moving from a country of 300 million. The frequency at which you’ll bump into new people. then pull up a chair and let them transport you to their world. women’s rights activists.039 ANOUSH RIMA TATEVOSSIAN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY MAGAZINE People & Places Open Doors: Move to a Small Pond. and volunteered in Armenia for 6 months. and they can be your tour guide. TV producers and film editors. Particularly in a developing.

turning it from overwhelm to true engagement. in a nutshell. Let people that you know and/or respect what you like and appreciate about who they are. it’s 80% this. and when people ask how it is that I’ve managed to connect with so many from so far.COM . This. With yourself and others. And be generous. Unconstrained by the typical boundaries of what an RSS reader should/can do. share. your time? Then choose carefully who you follow on there. It’s increasingly important to continuously learn. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. or do I feel compelled to do so by an external (or self created) obligation? You matter. but you have to design your own experience. appreciating and expressing it to you is something you don’t quickly forget. Be a hub if you need to. Feedly at its core is an RSS reader. ask yourself. so you can best be of service to those around you and those you touch with your actions. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Do you value yourself. is inviting this person/circumstance/ environment in something I want. it’s become a hub for how I interact with and learn from what and who is on the web. and be active on social media channels. Precisely what can help you move from passive receiver of life to proactive engager with it. and in the rest of your life. To experience someone really seeing. is how I’ve been able to create a life of my own design. the benefit it brings.052 PAUL SMITH GREENSMITH CONSULTING Find hubs. Software hubs that stitch together multiple parts of your on and offline world can make your life a lot easier. both as an individual and as a business. humanizing information. Your quality of life matters. more robust. I’ve met some truly amazing people in my time. Twitter provides the space for a hub. Paul Smith is the owner of Greensmith Consulting through which he advises his clients how to spread the word about their commitment to environmentally-friendly practices. without ulterior motive. serendipity prone. what they do. There. One more thing: Don’t hold back praise. Create hubs. But it goes far beyond that. A tool called Feedly has become my weapon of choice for this purpose. Genuinely.

HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. bizarre or seemingly incomprehensible experiences are often the most invigorating. my racing thoughts become fluid.. It’s addicting. I call this my intuitive path.COM . the more inspired and alive I feel. design and colors. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. This energy is unlike any other emotion I’ve ever experienced in my life. adventure and ambition. Monitor your behaviors closely and investigate your emotional responses for insight into who you are and where you want to be. allowing myself to feel the emotions involved with every new experience and moment. When calm and connected. focused and actionable. It’s a combination of appreciating the remarkable world in which I live. This is where I find my calm. Be ready and hold on tight.. sights and sounds around me. and then taking the time to internally investigate and reflect on my feelings for understanding.107 AMBER RAE LAMBKE SOCIAL AMBER The speed at which I think overwhelms me sometimes. It’s the future knocking on the door. The most strange. Amber Rae Lambke blogs at Social Amber and works as a social media guru while living a risky life full of travel. I have many thoughts and ideas racing through my mind at all hours of the day. this is how I’ve approached the world around me and this is how I’ve actively lived my life. Chase these moments until curiosities exhaust or answers are found. I call it my connection with self. Become immersed in the world around you and marvel at the beauty. Be an explorer. meaningful and worthwhile. This is what makes me remarkable and it’s how I live remarkably. It’s my life direction. For as long as I can remember. My advice to you. Chance discovery is standing before you. The more I explore and focus my attention on the people.

075 CARLOS MICELI OWL SPARKS Explaining what makes me remarkable without sounding pompous is not an easy task. I don’t care about society’s meaning of success. No purpose. somewhat lucky. where he writes inspiring posts that are aimed at ‘sparking’ your creativity and thinking.I’m sure that’s not what makes me (or any other person for that matter) a remarkable man. no reason. Ever since I’ve done it. and have most of the social skills that we need to succeed in this world. as well. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Carlos Miceli runs Owl Sparks.high grades. no destiny. I don’t care about any of that because I know that people who ignore change and the unexpected are doomed to fail. either. There has to be something else. despite what your parents may have told you). Being in the right place at the right time. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. because you want to work hard on it to feel the self-gratification. not caring about what others say and following all the cliché advice about “doing what you love” must have something to do with my remarkable situation. Some people that have accomplished all of these tasks are the most boring and dull individuals I’ve ever met. established paths or consistency (remarkable people quit a lot. So I don’t think this has anything to do with being remarkable. because it challenges you. Not making sense is what makes ME remarkable.COM . Enjoy the challenge of embracing randomness and just trust that sense will find you eventually. While I have achieved some of the traditional accomplishments that used to make someone remarkable . I don’t care about fitting in with what’s expected of me. I know that I must be somewhat smart. obligations and safety because I define those things very differently. Doing things for fun. degrees and big time jobs . or in other people’s idea of what my potential is. There must be some secret that ties all remarkable people together. is what will separate you from the rest. But it is still not enough. I have stumbled with quite a remarkable life. being curious. Because I don’t care about big plans. But many other people do and that doesn’t make them remarkable.

She was simply and totally committed to my Best.COM . When my mother died at ninety the year I turned 52.050 CAROL SEGRAVE SEGRAVE ASSOCIATES The main reason I am remarkable is I had a mother who insisted I be remarkable. grandchildren. a consultancy through which she helps build teams and make people into better leaders. I would not be being my Best. I see that around age 21 I made the internal commitment to continue her commitment to being the Best I could be. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Over time I came to realize that if I didn’t be that for myself. wouldn’t it? Carol Segrave runs Segrave Associates. spiritual seeker. Looking back at the last 67 years of my life. financially independent. Now that would really be Best. My Mom was by no means a woman of wealth. mentally. It has included marriage (tried my best for twenty-five years-divorced). Okay. traveler. I admit I have an ongoing bet with myself! Here’s the real story. children. more graduate work. physically and spiritually radiant. I had to choose and choose and choose again to live my life moving forward always to a new level of Best. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn. and at the same time sexiest centenarian that has ever walked the earth. competitive salsa dancing. It was all I knew how to be. senior Olympics. eternal continuing education. loving and being loved by family and friends. small business owner for 30 years. by letting me know with certainty she loved me and by opening the doors to a myriad of rich and varied learning opportunities—everything from horseback riding to a Master Degree. outward bound. adventurer. triathlons. it was hard at first to be my own cheerleader. She did that by being remarkable herself. three different careers. My life has been and is all about figuring out what does it take to wind up the most highly evolved.

We’re addicted to blowing things out of proportion. This is all well and good in theory. Kristin. Yes. If done effectively. This time it just happens to be true). relate like a human and reap the productive advancements of a robot. Being messy emotional (complete with gobs of snot and tears – the more disgusting. personally. they’re the best keywords to understanding yourself. a blog that focuses on tips for practical lifestyle design from the perspective of an emotional. probably the better) is like having an owner’s manual that screams instructions at you. Eff that noise. Major emotional reaction equals major external response. “Well great. creative person.COM . Really it is such a simple concept that most people are unable to train themselves to do it. Feel jealous or angry or sad. but how do I actually go about being emotionally messy in an effective way? I don’t want to be a puddle of snot (come on. ditch the drama. What should I be doing with my life? What makes me happy? Let’s try pressing the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button right here… oh and there’s the answer… top of the list. When you can step back and analyze these reactions. And (dusts nails off on lapel) I’m going to tell you how.” The trick is to acknowledge your immediate emotional reactions and analyze them rather than judge them. I’m telling you: keep the emotion.027 KRISTIN NORRIS FIND YOURSELF LOST You are the unquestionable authority on yourself. Kristin Norris runs Find Yourself Lost. give me tears. You can have both the search bar and a successful personal and professional life. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. There’s a lot of noise going around in the world about getting in touch with yourself and making peace with your emotions. it’s really just an awesome word!) on the floor!” Me: (in my most skeezy marketer voice) “You don’t have to. you’re probably thinking. We like drama. please. you’ll be frequently lead right to understanding some discontent you have with yourself. my responses have amazing SEO. (I always liked to think I’m an authority because it feeds my ridiculous ego. We like to complicate things.) Now. let me feel like a human. though. it’s like installing a Google search bar in your body. (Yes. give me stress.

entrepreneur and adventurer. and so is his style. and gives back to the community by blogging about lifestyle design at The Life Design Project. ROBERT GRANHOLM Rob Granholm is a jack of all trades. Follow JD on Twitter and Facebook. Bentley is a freelance web designer and developer who specializes in Wordpress and sexy. modern aesthetics. He builds websites and consults on everything tech with clients through his company.COM .B1 JD BENTLEY Mr. then follow Robert on Twitter and LinkedIn. Check out his post on how to Reboot Your Brain and Regain Life Control. His code is clean. IT Arsenal. a designer. JD writes the blog Wage Slave Rebel. When he’s not custom-building sites for his clients. where he covers topics ranging from escaping the mainstream work lifestyle to liars. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

COM . Take a gander at Sean’s post on why he’s a hypocrite and then follow him on Twitter and Facebook. which he has been documenting at his blog. Alan writes about his travels. down-to-earthedness and impressive bucket list. ALAN PERLMAN Alan has one of the coolest jobs in the world: he travels from country to country collecting local pricing information. lifestyle design and progress completing the Personal MBA. Location 180. try new things and rack up interesting experiences. This means that he has a lot of opportunities to move around.B2 SEAN OGLE Sean Ogle has made a name for himself in the blogging community for his transparency. The 9 to 5 Alternative. He has also recently left his 9-to-5 job in order to pursue a location independent career. At his blog. Read about Alan’s experiences in Kazakhstan and then follow him on Twitter and Facebook! HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE.

CA. CHRISTOPHE GALLAND Christophe Galland. poetic and sustainable. then follow Jenda on Twitter and Facebook. Vertu Studio. 27. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Find out more about Christophe’s studio at The Imagists website. iconic. Mr Michl is LEED accredited and works hard to create structures and products that are functional. is the owner and creative director of The Imagists. a communication and branding studio based in Los Angeles. He resides between West Hollywood and Paris with his partner.B3 JENDA MICHL Jenda is an extremely talented architect and product designer who hones his craft working with groups like Opportunity Green in Los Angeles and running his business.COM . then follow him on Twitter and Facebook. fashion photographer Garet Field Sells. Check out his work at Vertu Studio.

Human behavior. fears little. Paul is a widely published scribe. where he councils his clients on how best to get the word out about the eco-friendly benefits of their products and services. feels deeply. culture. people. writing for a major green company and contributing to Triple Pundit. self-reflection and art inspire her. She’s an explorer.B4 PAUL SMITH Paul Smith is the charismatic head of Greensmith Consulting. She loves risk. Amber runs Social Amber. appreciates the little things. New and unique experiences. visionary. consumer trends. lives for adventure. Find out more about Paul and get in touch with him through Twitter and LinkedIn! AMBER RAE LAMBKE Amber is highly curious and easily inspired. and can be connected with via Twitter and Facebook! HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. entrepreneur. energizer. innovation.COM . enjoys change. writer and detective. He’s also the social media strategist for GenGreen Digital Media and one heck of a dancer. a blog about social media. design and technology fascinate her. gives much and smiles often.

follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn! CARLOS MICELI Carlos runs Owl Sparks. Australia to further his education (in school and life). where he writes about lifestyle design and explores everything from philosophy to marketing. she was the Editor-inChief of Public Diplomacy Magazine. During her graduate studies at USC. To find out what Anoush will be up to next.COM .B5 ANOUSH RIMA TATEVOSSIAN Anoush Rima Tatevossian is the former Executive Director of the Armenian Volunteer Corps. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Say hello to Carlos (and keep up with his heretical discussions) on Twitter and Facebook. Carlos recently quit his high-flying corporate job with a major telecommunications company and will be moving to Perth.

she ran a personal training and massage therapy business and now she runs a design and development studio in Seattle called Dezabulous.B6 CAROL SEGRAVE Carol is the President of Segrave Associates. with billion-dollar clients ranging from IBM to NBC. Check out Kristin’s thoughts on the phrase ‘I Love You’ and then friend her on Twitter and Facebook! HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. She also keeps a blog called Find Yourself Lost. She was also a Gold and Silver medalist in the Miami Beach and Palm Springs International Salsa Competitions. where she tells stories and gives practical lifestyle design advice for emotional and creative people.COM . Start a conversation with Carol on Twitter or LinkedIn. KRISTIN NORRIS Kristin is a Jane of All Trades: she has performed at Disneyland and on stage at various theatres. Carol is a triathlete and Senior Olympics Silver Medalist in the 50 yard freestyle. a consulting firm that specializes in leadership coaching and team building.

a blog focused on living a more modern lifestyle that includes more experiences and less rampant consumerism. Diggy keeps busy dancing. enthusiasm for martial arts and general upbeatedness with his readers. where he shares his ideas about lifestyle design. modeling and helping people set up their own blog.COM .B7 DIGGY DE BRUIN Diggy blogs at Upgrade Reality. Check out John’s impressive list of interviews with equally impressive people. When he’s not writing. Mr. and then follow him on Twitter and Facebook! HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. Check out his post on giving and taking value. Bardos is currently working on his one year plan with his wife which will result in their leaving Japan and moving to another country. then follow Diggy on Twitter and Facebook! JOHN BARDOS John is the mastermind behind Jet Set Citizen.

He also writes about himself in the third-person when writing his own bio. Ha! This is Colin’s second free ebook. as if you’ll believe someone else is writing it. HOW TO BE REMARKABLE / COLIN WRIGHT / EXILELIFESTYLE. from a new country every 4 months. the first was about Personal Branding. minimalism.B8 COLIN WRIGHT Colin writes the blog Exile Lifestyle. Start a conversation with Colin on Twitter or Facebook. Colin Is My Name. through which he writes about his experiences and how they relate to lifestyle design. sustainability and a whole collection of other long words.COM . philosophy. Colin also uses Exile Lifestyle as an excuse to run his design and development studio.

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